Safety warning as clocks go back

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WIGAN motorists are being warned to take a “safety first” approach to driving this winter with the clocks set to go back on October 27.

Research shows that there are 11 per cent more car insurance claims made following the end of British Summer Time - with the days becoming shorter and the roads slippier.

In 2011, the winter period accounted for more than 1,700 road casualties nationally.

Terry Gibson, of the independent garage scheme Trust My Garage, said: “As it gets darker much earlier, motorists need to make sure that they remain safe on the roads.

“October is a typical time for road accidents which can often be avoided by taking extra care on the road and by motorists carrying out extra checks on their vehicles - especially their lights.”

A recent survey by Trust My Garage found that 84 per cent of motorists fail to carry out basic checks on their vehicle - something which becomes increasingly more important at this time of year.

Motorists who get used to driving their regular routes in broad daylight can find it hard to adjust to suddenly doing the same journey in the dark.

Mr Gibson added: “Drivers should ensure that their windows and lights are clean at all times to enable them to see what is happening around them.

“A good rule of thumb is to turn on dipped headlights whenever the windscreen wipers are on.

“Being seen is as important as seeing.

“Remember it is an offence to let your reservoir run out for your windscreen washers.

“So make sure this is always topped up and have your tyres at the correct pressure so your stopping distance is not increased.

“Regular servicing can help make sure your car is fit for darker and wetter conditions.”