To tie in with the clocks going back in late October, guidance has been issued for employees who drive in the dark.
The guidance, issued by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, advises employers to establish a safe driving policy, and to ensure this includes specific information on driving at night.
Figures from the Department for Transport show that casualties from road collisions at night are 36% higher than collisions during daylight hours, and the HSE makes it clear that the employer has a responsibility towards any employee who drives in the course of their work.
A spokesperson for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare said: “Basic considerations, like planning a journey and checking the route beforehand, can improve a driver’s safety. Simply trying to time meetings for earlier in the day to avoid driving after dark, will have a positive influence.
The considerations put forward for driving at night include keeping up basic car maintenance, cleaning headlights and windscreen’s regularly and avoiding tiredness on the road.