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Clocks fall back this weekend – don’t get caught out

Clocks go back

In this day and age, our phones update magically in the night and the only people turning up at work an hour early are mums. But getting your hours in a muddle isn't the only problem with the clocks changing.

The clocks change - and so does our driving

A combination of messing with our internal clocks and being confused by twilight falling at a different time seems to really affect us. We just stop being able to human so well.

In 2014 we saw a 24% increase in claims over the 2 weeks after the clocks went back.

Because our minds are programmed to associate light changes with waking up or winding down, the early darkness means we're much more likely to be sleepy when on the drive home from work or college.

Increase in crashes

Don't drive tired

Driving tired is nearly as dangerous as drink driving. It has a lot of the same symptoms: poor concentration, blurred vision, disorientation and slow reactions. All things that make us less able to avoid crashing into stuff.

It's a fact that driving at night is more risky than driving in the day, so early nightfall means more hours for crashes to happen.


Yes, in theory you get an hour extra in bed. Enjoy it.

Find out more about why driving at night is so dangerous.


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .