Dark nights spell

danger

Child wearing high viz clothes

WITH the nights closing in the risk of a road collision is reaching its peak, according to road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist.

This, combined with predictions of heavy rain and strong winds from stormy weather means visibility will be reduced and people will be much harder to spot on dark roads.

GEM is urging everyone to ensure they can see - and be seen - on their journeys.

"It's so important we all ensure we are as visible as possible and can clearly see others on the road," says GEM road safety adviser James Luckhurst.

"A combination of straightforward actions can reduce risks for drivers and for anyone they might meet on their journeys.

"Ensuring we see as much as possible by cleaning car windows as well as our spectacles - and helping others see us by turning our lights on - will help us all to stay safe and will mean we're doing our bit to keep others around us safe as well."

GEM has issued the following tips to reduce risks:

Drivers should use the safe option of using lights. They won't just help you see other vehicles and hazards, they will help others see you as well.

When visibility is reduced it's important to slow down so you have more time to deal with hazards in the road. Try to avoid braking suddenly to give the vehicle behind time to react.

Don't rely on automatic lights which may well be inadequate and won't help you to see anything on the road. Switch on dipped headlights and make yourself properly visible.

Daytime running lights alone will not be sufficient to make you properly visible to oncoming traffic and other road users, especially in foggy or wet conditions.

Stay focused on the road and scan for hazards. Expect the unexpected - particularly children.

Clean your glasses, windows and headlights. In this way you'll get the best possible view of the road, in daylight, twilight or darkness.

Pedestrians and cyclists should make sure they are visible to others.

Fluorescent colours help you be more visible during the day. Reflective materials make you more visible in low-light conditions and at night.

Using lights and reflectors on bikes at night is a legal requirement with a white light showing from the front and a red light from the rear.

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