Sidmouth driver warning over clock change

PUBLISHED: 17:28 26 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 18 June 2010

SIDMOUTH drivers have been urged to take care on the roads after the clocks went back on Sunday.

SIDMOUTH drivers have been urged to take care on the roads after the clocks went back on Sunday.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has warned autumnal "optimum driving conditions" are now over, and the earlier on-set of the evening carries an increased risk.

"The period between late afternoon and early evening, the time when most casualties happen, is now in darkness," said IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger.

He added: "Optimum driving conditions have now ending after an autumn with reasonably good weather, so drivers may need to reduce speed to reflect bad light and weather conditions. More hours of darkness as the clocks go back may require slower speeds - especially in the evening as earlier darkness means children are still on their way home in the dark.

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