Now that summer is well and truly over and the clocks have reverted back to GMT, the nights will be drawing in. Statistically we see more incidents involving pedestrians and vulnerable road users from October to March than we do throughout the rest of the year. Most incidents happen between 3pm and 7pm and we need to take special care to look out for pedestrians when it’s dark. IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, shares tips for keeping pedestrians safe.
With the clocks having just gone back it can take cyclists a bit of time to get used to the fact that they need lights and they may forget to use them – remember to look out for cyclists in the period after sunset.
Richard said: “In a perfect world, it would be ideal if pedestrians would all stay on the pavement and would never need to cross a road; it would also be ideal if all pedestrians wore flashing high-vis. In reality, it is up to us to share the road and be aware and help where we can. An effort to be courteous will go a long way toward making someone’s day and will help keep us all safe.”