Sunday, 16 December 2018

Night drives get darker

MANY more UK roads will be plunged into darkness over the coming weeks as councils switch off street lights to

MANY more UK roads will be plunged into darkness over the coming weeks as councils switch off street lights to save money on energy bills and cut carbon emissions.

An investigation by Halfords carried out before the clocks went back last weekend found that at least eight county councils have further plans to switch off or dim roadside lighting despite concerns from motorists.

Halfords found that two thirds of drivers (68 per cent) opposed the switch-off and almost half (47 per cent) expressed safety concerns about being able to see clearly. A further 41 per cent worried about being seen by other drivers or had already experienced difficulty reading road signs.

and almost a quarter (25%) said they tired more quickly as a result

Auto Category Director, Dave Poulter said: “As the nights draw in, drivers will begin to notice hundreds more miles of unlit road between the hours of midnight and 5am.

“In order to see and be seen, it is vitally important that every motorist ensures the lights on their vehicle are working properly and we are here to help them.”

Councils claim their actions haven’t led to an increase in accidents or crime and lights have been switched-off only after consultations with safety authorities and local communities.

However, insurance industry figures show that while only a quarter of drivers are on the road between 7pm and 8am, 40 per cent of crashes occur between these hours with the highest number of accidents occuring in the weeks following the clocks changing.

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