Drivers warned of clock change ‘jet lag’

Accidents are expected to rise today because of the clock change, which essentially meant a 25-hour Sunday for people in the UK.

Although the clock change means a lighter morning, a combination of tiredness from the longer day and darker evenings could see accident rates sour, according to advanced driving testers DIAmond Advanced Motorists (DIA).

Steve Garrod, DIA group manager, said: “A major cause of the problems is that everyone on the road will have experienced a 25-hour Sunday. This, combined with driving in unfamiliar conditions, can lead to the kind of fatigue more often associated with jetlag.”

The danger to road users could be made worse by people recovering from half term, warns DIA, making Monday 31 October one of the busiest for road emergency services in the year.

Garrod added: “We recommend that all drivers on the road at this time of year be extra attentive and aware of the changing conditions.”

Several campaign groups, led by LighterLater, have urged the government to consider trialling a new system where the clocks do not go back in winter, ensuring more daylight in the evenings at the expense of darker mornings.

The campaign, which wants the UK to adopt GMT+1 in the summer and GMT+2 in winter, says it would cut the number of accidents in the UK, save energy used on things such as streetlamps and boost the economy.

However, some Scottish motorists say this will lead to much darker mornings and more accidents due to poor visibility.