As afternoons become darker due to the clocks changing, those who are most vulnerable on the road (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists etc) face greater risk. That’s why the road safety charity Brake, in partnership with Autoglass, is calling on drivers to slow down and take extra care to prevent casualties, and inviting community groups and organisations to take part in its Bright Day initiative to raise awareness.
Last year in the UK 518 people were killed and 8,345 seriously injured while walking and cycling, and the risks are heightened on dark winter evenings. Drivers can do their bit to protect people on foot or bike by pledging to slow down to 20mph or below around homes, schools and shops, giving themselves a far better chance of stopping in time in an emergency, such as if a child steps out from the darkness unexpectedly. Find more driver advice at www.brake.org.uk/driveradvice and read about Brake’s GO 20 campaignwww.brake.org.uk/go20.