As British summertime comes to end on 26 October and the clocks go back, there is a sudden change from travelling home in the light to travelling home in the dark. 

This change, even though it happens every year, still takes some getting used to. 

This time of year also sees a peak in road casualties, particularly for cyclists and motorcyclists, so Cambridgeshire County Council Road Safety Officers are urging all road users to take extra care this autumn.

Maree Richards, Road Safety Officer said: "You travel to school or work in the morning and it is light. You hop on your bike, not even considering that coming home you are likely to need your lights. You send the kids off to school, forgetting that their dark uniform is much harder to spot as dusk approaches and they are heading home". 

There are very simple things that everyone can do to make sure they can see others and be seen themselves:

Drivers:

"¢ Always use lights in dark and gloomy conditions.
"¢ Use fog lights when visibility is significantly reduced, and make sure to turn them off when visibility improves so as not to dazzle other road users.
"¢ Take extra time to look for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists who may be harder to see.
"¢ Adjust your speed so you can always stop within the distance you can see is clear ahead.

Cyclists:

"¢ Always use lights in dark and gloomy conditions.
"¢ Wear bright colours that stand out better during the day.
"¢ Wear reflective materials that are more visible in the dark.
"¢ Ensure reflectors on your bike are clean and not obscured by clothing or luggage.

Pedestrians:

"¢ Wear bright colours that stand out better during the day.
"¢ Wear reflective materials that are more visible in the dark.

Motorcyclists:

"¢ Always use lights in dark and gloomy conditions.
"¢ Wear bright colours that stand out better during the day.
"¢ Wear reflective materials that are more visible in the dark.
"¢ Adjust your speed so you can always stop in the distance you can see to be clear ahead.
"¢ Adjust your position to increase your visibility to other road users.

Horse Riders:

"¢ Always display bright and reflective clothing both on yourself and your horse.
"¢ If at all avoidable, don't ride in failing light, fog or darkness


Whether you love or loathe autumn, you can see the difference a little thought can make to your safety. 

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