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Accident rates rise by almost a quarter in autumn compared to summer, says AA

posted on 31/10/2023
Accident rates rise by almost a quarter in autumn compared to summer, says AA

The number of crashes on UK roads increases by 23% in autumn months compared to summer months, new analysis from the AA suggests.

AA Accident Assist is warning fleets and their drivers to be more vigilant behind the wheel from Sunday (October 29) as the clocks go back.

The combination of darker evenings, coupled with wet and icy conditions means crashes are more likely to happen, it says.

Even when typical autumn weather subsides, low lying sun and its reflection off wet roads can create visibility problems for drivers.

The Great Britain Road Casualty Statistics for 2022 show that the road being slippery due to the weather contributed towards 4,244 collisions, of which 50 were fatal.

Sunlight dazzling drivers resulted in 2,430 collisions, with 38 fatalities.

Tim Rankin, managing director for AA Accident Assist, said: “When the clocks go back and the evenings draw in, crashes are more likely to happen.

“Whether sunshine or rain, the change in seasons can play a role in the number of collisions.

“In many cases crashes can be avoided completely simply by adjusting some driving habits.

“Slowing down and allowing more space between yourself and the vehicle in front can make all the difference.”

He added: “Allowing more time for your journey to clear windscreens completely and driving to the conditions is key, while being more aware of other road users can help keep everyone safe on the road.”

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