As we see the approach of the shortest day of the year, evenings and mornings are becoming darker and darker. And with this, more people will be driving in the dark, resulting in an increase in road traffic accidents.

Most of us are used to driving on roads that are well lit with street lighting to combat this darkness. However, some councils have made the decision to switch some lighting off during certain time periods to save money, meaning the safe glow of the street lights is extinguished, leaving drivers in darkness.

Add perilous driving conditions such as ice and snow to the darkness and you have a recipe for accidents to happen.

There are some things you should consider and check if you are going to be driving in the dark this winter which can reduce the risks of being involved in a road traffic accident.

Make sure your lights are in full working order

Check your lights before your journey to ensure they are working correctly and none are dull. Ensure they are positioned correctly so as not to dazzle other road users. Also, always ensure the lenses are clean, so the lights can do their job properly.

It is against the law to drive without fully functioning front and rear lights.

Reduce your speed

Darkness can greatly reduce visibility, meaning that hazards can suddenly appear before we would normally have the chance to see them. Slowing down will give you more time to react to your surroundings and avoid an accident. It is also advisable to reduce your speed drastically in icy and snowy conditions, even in daylight.

Clear your windows before setting off and ensure they remain clear

Ensuring your windscreen is kept clean and clear of dirt on the inside can prevent your windows from steaming up in cold and rainy weather. Grit and water on the roads can cause spray to cover your windscreen. Always top up screen wash to ensure the outside of your windscreen remains clear. Dirty windscreens can increase glare for drivers, reducing visibility further.


We hope that you stay safe on our roads this winter and follow these simple things to help reduce road traffic accidents.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, Freeclaim Solicitors are here to help. We’re specialist road accident compensation solicitors who can help you and your loved ones after an accident.

Speak to us today by calling free on 0800 612 7340. Enquiries are completely free with no obligation. All our road accident claims are taken on a no win no fee basis, so there’s no financial risk to you.