Claims for road accidents jump 8% in the week after the clocks go back, according to analysis of internal data by Tesco Bank Car Insurance.
The findings are based on data from 2013 to 2019 (and exclude 2020 due to the impact of Covid on driving behaviour and patterns), which compares the number of claims in the week before the clocks go back, with the week after. This year, clocks went back an hour on 31 October.
In fact, research from the National Fire Chiefs Council found that the increase was normally 19% in the fortnight following the change with the first week usually being supressed because it often coincided with half-term holidays when traffic volumes were lower.
Based on the findings, Tesco Bank has urged drivers to take extra care on the roads and shared its tips on winter driving.
Julian Hartley, insurance director at Tesco Bank, said: “It can take a while to adapt to the winter shift as the clocks go back. Arriving and leaving work in the dark, school runs done at dusk and evening activities under the glare of lights means that everyone using the roads needs to take a bit of additional care.”
“Giving people extra time and space, making sure you are visible, and undertaking some vehicle maintenance are just a few simple steps that will reduce your risk of a winter collision.”