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Driving in dark advice

Business drivers are being urged to take more care as driving conditions worsen with the onset of winter and shorter days.

Risk management company Interactive Driving Systems has reminded drivers to take particular care at night and in wet conditions, as well as advising that children and cyclists wear more visible clothing.

Drivers should make sure to monitor their speed in the dark and watch out for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

Meanwhile, AA Business Services has put together some simple tips to help business drivers prepare for travel after the clocks go back.

  • Plan your route in advance and ensure you have allocated enough time to reach your destination

  • Get up at least 10 minutes early to give you time to fully prepare the car.

  • Carry a series of essential items that can help you in the event of a breakdown or adverse weather conditions such as ice scraper, de-icer, torch, first-aid kit, tow rope, blankets, warm coat and boots and jump leads

  • Put safety before punctuality when the bad weather closes in - drivers must accept the inevitability of being late for work if they are caught up in an unexpected delay.

    Paul Holmes, head of risk management at AA Business Services, said: “Effective planning for the onset of the darker evenings is absolutely crucial yet far too often overlooked by time-pressed business drivers.

    “However, preparing for the season’s driving conditions needn’t be onerous as there are a number of simple, yet highly effective measures that can be taken to ensure an accident free autumn.

    “Planning journeys in advance, investigating alternative methods of transport and checking traffic reports for accident blackspots and road closures, can all help business drivers reach their destinations as quickly and safely as possible in the darker conditions.”

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