Beware of twilight driving, warns RSA

26th March 2012

British summer time may bring additional light for UK drivers, but the dangers on our highways remain just as prevalent, according to insurance firm RSA.

The comments come as the company points to new figures revealing that collision rates increased during the twilight hours after the clocks go forward.

These crashes can often result in damage to bodywork or car tyres, that can leave motorists under further financial pressure.

As the insurance company explains, 95 per cent of sensory input to the brain required for driving comes from vision and with twilight hours proving one of the most difficult times to drive, as your eyes adjust to the growing darkness, accidents can occur.

Problems can occur in reading road signs, feeling tired and dealing with glare, while a driver's ability to assess tyre quality can also be limited by the lack of light.

Commenting on the figures, RSA UK chief executive Adrian Brown said: “We see an increase in crashes at this time of the year once the clocks go forward, particularly in the early evening."

Mr Brown called on more stringent eye tests for drivers in a bid to cut down on collisions.

"Just as an MOT and service is important for keeping your car safe, regular eye tests are vital to ensure your eyes are roadworthy too," he said.

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