CLOCK CHANGE ALERT: Derbyshire road users warned to be extra vigilant

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Derbyshire safety chiefs are urging road users to be prepared for the end of British Summer Time – which heralds the start of longer, darker nights.

The clocks will go back by one hour at 2am on Sunday.

Mike Ashworth, chairman of Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “It can take road users by surprise when the clocks go back.

“All of a sudden people find themselves doing their evening commute in the dark and it can cause problems.

“We’re urging people to take extra care while they’re getting used to the darker evenings.”

Road users should follow these top tips to stay safe in the evenings following the clock change:

• Wear reflective clothing or accessories when walking or cycling

• Avoid distractions when crossing the road – don’t try to listen to music players or use your mobile phone

• When walking, use a pedestrian crossing if possible and follow the Green Cross Code

• Check that your lights are clean and in good working order when driving or riding

• Look twice for bikes and pedestrians when driving – they are easier to miss than cars

• When driving, make sure you keep your windscreen and wing mirrors clean