Drivers warned to beware of darkness

Recent research has revealed that around 40 per cent of road collisions happen between 7.00 pm and 7.00 am despite the fact that traffic levels decrease significantly during these hours.

David Williams, chief executive of Gem Motoring Assist, pointed out that scientific studies have found that the human eye performs best in daylight when it is easier to detect rapid movement and peripheral activity.

Mr Williams urged smart drivers to adjust their driving rather than expecting eyes to achieve tasks they are scientifically not capable of achieving.

He said: "It takes longer for drivers to react at night and distances are harder to judge which greatly increases the likelihood of someone else’s actions causing danger.

"Add to this the fact that it is usually at night when people drink and take drugs and it is easy to see that much greater attention to safety is required during the hours of darkness."

Written by Roxy Moran

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