British Summertime begins at 01:00 on Sunday March 30th – which will
change to 02:00.
This means that UK residents have an extra hour of daylight – and the
RAC Foundation is asking motorists to use that time to give their car a
Drivers should be checking that their lights work and are correctly aligned to prevent dazzling other road users, that their brakes are effective and that their tyres have no bulges or scuffs. Finally they should be washing the road dirt off windscreens, rear windows and light panels.
Sheila Rainger, acting director of the RAC Foundation, said: "It’s very easy to get complacent about vehicle checks, but essential safety items like lights, tyres and brakes should be checked regularly.
"This weekend’s extra hour of evening daylight is an ideal opportunity
to do those crucial tasks you have been putting off all winter. Faulty
lights, bad brakes and worn tyres mean a reduction in the ability to
see, react to and avoid an accident. There is no excuse for not keeping
your car roadworthy. Drivers need to see the light: don’t wait until the MOT test is due to make sure you car is safe."
Accident statistics show that the days which the clocks change are both
ones when motorists are more prone to damage their vehicles than others.