As the nights draw in, do the roads become more dangerous? Should the clocks still go back to give us brighter mornings, at the expense of daylight in the evenings?
New data from Insurethebox headlines a 14 percent overall increase in accidents across the UK during the autumn and winter months. And the 5pm-8pm period of the day sees a massive 36 percent increase in accidents during the winter period. This is the time when most light is lost after the hour-change.
In terms of regional accident rates, the north of England shows a most dramatic change. After the clocks go back, accidents in the evening increase by 48 percent.
In spite of the added light the clock-change gives morning commuters, there is also an eight percent increase in accidents during this period.
Scotland is seemingly worst-affected, with a 51 percent increase in accident rates in the evening. London suffers the least, with a 22 percent increase.
So, how much time with daylight is actually lost? On Sunday October 27, there will be 58 minutes less daylight in the evening. On Monday 28 October, compared with Monday 21 October (post- and pre-clock-change), there will be 73 minutes less daylight in the evening.
Data shows that accident risk increases as a direct result of the clocks going back,” said Simon Rewell, road safety manager at Insurethebox.
“For many young drivers, the evenings after the clock-change will be their first experience of driving in the dark, coping with different conditions like reduced visibility.”