The number of road accidents rise by nearly a quarter in the autumn, according to the AA.

AA’s Accident Assist claims service say that there are 23% more crashes in the autumn than during the summer months, as a combination of dark nights, wet weather and low sunlight make driving conditions more challenging. It is warning drivers to be more vigilant now that the clocks have gone back.

Already this autumn we have seen plenty of wet and windy weather, not to mention the devastating flooding caused by Storm Babet. As temperatures fall further, ice and snow in some parts of the country will soon make driving even more treacherous.

According to the Great Britain Road Casualty Statistics for 2022, slippery roads contributed to 4,244 collisions, of which 50 were fatal. Sunlight dazzling drivers was also a major cause of death, with 38 fatalities from 2,430 collisions.  

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

“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.”

“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,” said Rankin.

It is Road Safety Awareness Week from 14-20 November, an ideal time to take more precautions before getting behind the wheel.