According to new research, the risk of drivers having an accident in the four weeks following the clocks changing at the end of October, increases by 10%. And if they are driving between 5pm and 8pm, when it’s both dark and busy on the roads, the risk of having an accident rises dramatically by 30% compared with the previous month.
The findings are based on analysis of three years of accident data from over 330,000 Insure The Box administered policies. With nearly three billion miles of driving data and associated claims, the insurance firm is in the position of being able to understand the anatomy of accidents. This includes knowing the exact time an accident occurs, as the telematics black box fitted to each policyholder’s car sets off an alert when a significant accident is detected, so that the emergency services can be contacted.
Charlotte Halkett, of Insure The Box, said: “There is no doubt accident risk increases as a direct result of the clocks going back one hour in Autumn. For many young drivers, the evenings after the clock change will be their first experience of driving in the dark, coping with quite different conditions including reduced visibility.”
Halkett added: “There are still far too many young men and women killed or seriously injured on our roads, and stopping the annual Autumn clock change could, from our analysis, save many young drivers from the risk of an accident. As we approach this year’s Autumn Clock Change weekend, we are highlighting our findings to drivers and hope to encourage them to take a safe and sensible approach to driving as we head into the winter months.”