Motorists urged to 'be prepared' as British Summer Time ends

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Posted by Media Team on 20 October 2017

As the UK draws closer to the end of British Summer Time (BST) and the clocks go back, Marmalade - a leading provider of car insurance and cars for young drivers - is urging all motorists not to become a statistic this winter. Their message is to take extra care on the roads as conditions change and be prepared.

Reported accidents by daylight and darkness in Great Britain in 2016 highlighted a big significance in the number of accidents taking place during darkness (273,205), compared with the number of daylight accidents (198,913).

The Department for Transport Road Safety Report for Accidents in 2016 also demonstrates seasonal peaks in road traffic accidents in the colder months, with autumn experiencing the highest number of just under 36,000 reported incidents. 

Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade Insurance, comments: "There are a number of contributing factors as to why the UK experiences an increase in road accidents in the dark, such as fewer daylight hours, difficulty in judging speed and distance, and poor car maintenance. Throughout the colder months, conditions of the UK roads worsen and this leads motorists of all ages and abilities to react differently."

Interestingly, although national statistics demonstrate seasonal hikes in the number of accidents on the roads, insight into Marmalade claims data from 2016 shows that this hike was not present in the autumn as the claims rate remained remains consistent.

Crispin continues: "Despite the clock change initially adding an extra hour of sunlight in the morning, additional time is needed for our bodies to adjust to a revised routine. It’s really important that all drivers prepare their vehicles ahead of the winter months. Check your tyres for adequate tread and pressure, and check your light bulbs and coolant on a regular basis, as neglect can lead to a loss of grip on the roads, reduced visibility, and an overheating engine."

Marmalade specialises in black box insurance, also known as telematics insurance, which helps young drivers improve their driving skills and reduces the likelihood of being involved in accidents. Its customers are three times safer than the national average, with only one in 16 having an accident within six months of passing their test*.

Crispin concludes: "It’s really encouraging to see our statistics emphasising how effective telematics is in validating young drivers as safe and more consistent on our roads during the colder months. We insure our customers on newer cars that are safer and less likely to break down, whilst equipping them with the ability to track their journeys and flag potential areas for improvement, allowing our customers to quickly rectify small issues before they turn dangerous."

The clocks will be set back one hour at 2am on Sunday 29th October to switch from BST to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This  gives the UK more sunlight in the mornings though the colder, darker months, and has been a ritual since the First World War, when the government brought in Daylight Saving Time to improve the economy by giving farmers an extra hour of sunlight to work in during the winter.

For more information about Marmalade visit www.wearemarmalade.co.uk