Could ‘springing ahead’ for good result in safer roads?

One road safety charity says that setting the nation’s clocks ahead one hour on a permanent basis could lead to safer roads and lowered car insurance rates as a result.

This Sunday, the UK ‘springs ahead’ as it enters the new season, leading to more sunlight during daytime hours. ¬†However, road safety organisatoin Brake has said that considering making the change permanent could lead to a decline of ‘wasted’ daylight hours, providing more visibility for people on the road and leading to lowered accident rates – of which car insurance companies would doubtlessly approve.

The lighter, brighter evening hours would also look to minimise the amount of danger to cyclists and pedestrians as they attempt to make their way to their homes, Brake said.  Reduction in motor and pedestrian accidents alike could result in cheaper car insurance through massively reduced insurer payouts, something that the insurance industry is in desperate need of in light of rising compensation costs paid to claimants and their legal teams.

Fatalities on roads in the UK, which have been on the decline lately, could be reduced even further than current figures; the number of people slain on the nation’s roads in 2011’s third quarter was only 1,900, a 0.5 per cent drop, according to the Department for Transport, but Brake feels that permanent time changes could see this figure made even smaller.

The charity’s deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend, remarked that afternoons and evenings in the UK would be rendered permanently safer, as this time of day is when many are cycling and walking home from work or school and need to be more visible to motorists in order to prevent tragic road accidents.

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