Daylight saving initiative could reduce damage to tyres and exhausts, says GEM

23rd January 2012

Shifting Britain's clocks forward an hour throughout the year could reduce the amount of damage done to car tyres, exhausts and brake pads, according to GEM Motoring Assist.

The change would see the clocks change with an hour of daylight moved from the early morning to the evening, which campaigners for Lighter Later suggest could have a positive impact on road safety.

Improved visibility through increased sunlight hours could reduce car accidents that see components like tyres and exhausts routinely damaged by potholes and other obstacles.

However, the current Lighter Later campaign has hit a snag in parliament with suggestions that despite 120 MP's backing the change, some remain opposed.

Speaking in support of the initiative GEM Motoring Assist chief executive David Williams said: “Introducing lighter evenings will make our roads a safer place by increasing visibility and in turn will help prevent unnecessary accidents.”

The early months of the year are a particularly difficult time for UK drivers, with experts advising the purchase of winter tyres to improve handling in icy road conditions.

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