GEM calls for endless SummerThe clocks went forward on Sunday 28th March, giving us an extra hour of daylight in the evening, and road safety and breakdown cover organisation GEM Motoring Assist has called for the clocks to be left on British Summer Time all year round.
GEM CEO David Williams said: “We strongly feel that the clocks should be kept at British Summer time all year round largely from a safety perspective. The roads can be a dangerous place and in the dark all road users are at a greater risk.
“Our primary concern is the number of school children who start and finish their day in the dark in winter, especially for those who make their own way home. Their safety should be a number one priority and we believe that keeping British Summer Time would be a step in the right direction to improving road safety.”
Even though the summer days will be lighter, GEM is also warning drivers to make sure they adapt their routine accordingly and are aware of the effects of fatigue when on the roads.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, up to 20% of accidents on monotonous roads are fatigue related, and losing an hour of sleep is only going to increase levels of tiredness among drivers and in turn heighten the chances of a serious accident.
Williams added: “Feeling fatigued can reduce reaction time, alertness and concentration, and when driving at speed along a motorway no one can afford to take any chances. Drivers must ensure they take regular breaks, eat and drink to keep energy levels up and even have a short nap at a service station if necessary.”