Winter time means more accidents on the road

The switch from summer time to winter time, which takes place early on Sunday, causes a rise in the number of traffic accidents. It's especially pedestrians who are the victims.

Tonight, we are switching to winter time. 3 a.m. on Sunday morning becomes 2 a.m. Turning back the clock allows us to sleep one hour longer. Daybreak will take place on hour earlier, but on the other hand, it will also get darker one hour earlier in the evening.

The switch to winter time means that the evening rush hour takes place in the dark. On top of that, the typical autumn weather conditions (wind, rain, falling leaves...) are making the situation worse.

"After the switch from summer time to winter time, we see that the month of November brings a surge in the number of traffic accidents year after year", explains Sofie Van Damme of the Belgian Institute for Safe Traffic. "This is especially the case between 2 and 6 p.m. The number of serious accidents involving pedestrians is normally at 154, but climbs to 283, which is almost double."