Over 70 per cent of drivers against the clocks going back

Later this month, on Sunday 27th October 2013, the British Summer Time comes to an end and the clocks go back by one hour.

The change has an impact on current drivers and any new car or used car buyers, as the amount of daylight becomes reduced.

Due to safety concerns, however, as many as seven out of motorists are opposed to this annual change of the clocks, according to a new survey.

A poll by vehicle safety kit provider, Smart Witness, reports that as many as 70.8 per cent of respondents would vote to abolish British Summer Time if a referendum were held tomorrow.

The British Summer Time, also referred to as British Standard Time, puts the clock forward f Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by an hour on the last Sunday of March, and then puts them back again on the last Sunday of October.

As many as 60 per cent of motorists in the new poll said they believed there would be fewer deaths on British roads if the British Standard Time system were abolished.

One of the main motivations behind the opposition of moving the clocks back an hour is the increased number of deaths on the roads involving school-children, because of darker afternoons.

Nearly two-thirds of drivers in the recent poll specifically stated that the reason they wanted to stop the clocks going back was that road accident mortality rates rise significantly in the winter months after the clocks are put back.

Road accident figures from 2011 from the Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reveal that pedestrian rise sharply in the autumn and winter months. In fact the organisation found that year there was an increase from 25 such deaths in September to 34 in October, 48 in November and up to 65 in December.

Back in 2009, the Department of Transport published a paper saying that moving to lighter evenings, by not moving the clock backwards in October, would have benefits for safety.

The paper reported such a move would prevent about 80 deaths on the road a year, and would be cheap to implement.

The Managing Director of Smart Witness, Simon Marsh, said: "The reasoning is simple: darker afternoons cause more accidents than darker mornings."

Marsh added: "Motorists are more likely to be tired after a day’s work and concentration levels are lower, also children tend to go straight to school in the mornings but spend longer travelling home in the afternoon, increasing their exposure to road dangers. There are also more shopping, social and leisure trips after work, so this is the time where it makes more sense for it to be lighter."