News from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership - Clock change warning

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Be prepared for the end of British Summer Time – that’s Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership’s message to road users ahead of the clock change on Sunday 27 October.

Councillor Dean Collins, deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport at Derbyshire County Council, said: “It often takes road users by surprise when the clocks go back. People suddenly find themselves doing their evening commute in the dark and it can cause problems.

“We’re urging people to take extra care while they’re getting used to the darker evenings.”

Road users should follow the partnership’s top tips to stay safe in the evenings following the clock change:

Wear reflective clothing or accessories when walking or cycling

Avoid distractions when crossing the road – don’t try to listen to music players or use your mobile phone

Check that your lights are clean and in good working order when driving or riding

Look twice for bikes and pedestrians when driving – they are easier to miss than cars

When walking, use a pedestrian crossing if possible and follow the Green Cross Code

When driving, make sure you keep your windscreen and wing mirrors clean

The clocks will go back by one hour on Sunday 27 October as British Summer Time (BST) ends for another year. The official time changes at 2am BST, moving back to 1am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) across the UK.