UK Time-Zone Change Could Make Roads Safer
Switch To Central European Time Could Save 50 Lives Per-Year
Fifty-four lives could be saved each year if the United Kingdom moved to Central European Time (CET), Earl Attlee has estimated. The Earl – who is the Government's Spokesperson in the Lords for the Department for Transport – also believes that this single/double summertime concept could prevent one-hundred and eighty-five people per-year being seriously hurt. But why? As things stand, the UK runs to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) through the winter which is consistent with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). British residents then move the clocks forward one-hour towards the end of March to UTC + 1:00. This is more commonly known as British Summer Time (BST). However, moving to Central European Time – which is UTC + 1:00 in the winter and UTC + 2:00 in the summer – would ensure that a higher proportion of road trips take place in daylight hours. This, of course, should reduce deaths, serious injuries, and minor mishaps as poor visibility is a common cause of road traffic collisions. However, Earl Attlee – who is the grandson of former Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee - stressed that the move would have wide ranging implications and that the aviation industry in particular would require “five years” to prepare.
Tips For Driving In The DarkThere is, however, no guarantee that Central European Time will be adopted - so the Institute of Advanced Motorists' Simon Elstow has revealed a few tips for driving in the dark:
- To improve your view as far as possible, keep your lights and windscreen clean.
- Use main beam, but when other drivers are approaching make sure you dip your lights to avoid dazzling the oncoming traffic.
- Make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear.
- If you’re feeling tired, caffeine alone is not a fix. Take a break and have a twenty minute nap.
- If an approaching car forgets to dip its lights, look beyond the lights, but to their left to avoid being dazzled as much.
- Look at how the traffic ahead behaves for clues to possible problems you can’t see yet.
- If it’s gloomy in the morning, don’t forget to put your lights on.