As the nights get darker, people often forget the effects this can have on their eyesight and the risk it can cause when driving.
Road accidents increase as the nights get darker
Statistics from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents suggest it is more dangerous to be out and about when it’s dark. In 2016, pedestrian deaths rose from 20 in September to 35 in October, 50 in November and 67 in December.
The number of deaths and injuries on our roads increase when the clocks go back, so it’s vital that drivers and pedestrians make sure their vision remains in top condition at this time of year.
Residents urged to get their eyes tested
Diane Wood, director of the Hyde Specsavers store said: ‘We want to make sure all of our residents are staying safe at this time of year at night, especially on the roads.
'Vision is reduced when it’s dark, and if you are already experiencing problems with your vision, the added darkness could exacerbate these to a dangerous degree.
‘It’s very important to have regular eye examinations as they do not only reveal problems with your sight, but also a whole host of other serious health issues, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.'