Sunday (28 October) marks the official end of British Summer Time, with the clocks turned back one hour to bring the UK back in line with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
While the change means we gain an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning, it’s the start of darker evenings to accompany the colder weather.
With some parts of the UK getting dark as early as 3.30pm during the winter, the afternoon rush hour will take place after dark for the next few months.
Increased danger on roads
Whilst Swindon’s roads remain safe, unfortunately, the switch to Daylight Saving Time appears to increase danger on the roads. A National Audit Office report from 2009 found that pedestrian deaths and injuries increase by 10% in the four weeks following the clock change compared to the four weeks preceding it.
The accident rate is higher in the afternoon rush hour than in the morning. It’s thought that drivers are more tired after a day of work, and hazards are harder to spot in the dark, driving the rate of road injuries even higher in the winter months.
When the clocks go back in October, the peak in evening road casualties shifts so it falls in the hour after sunset (Road Safety Observatory, 2012).
Keep yourself safe
We’ve put together a Winter Safety page, with ideas, tips and offers to help keep you safe once the dark nights set in.