IAM Chief Examiner Peter Rodger said: "Optimum driving conditions are now ending after an autumn with reasonably good weather, so drivers may need to reduce speed to reflect bad light and weather conditions. More hours of darkness as the clocks go back may require slower speeds - especially in the evening as earlier darkness means children are still on their way home in the dark."
"Drivers should remember that speed limits are not targets. They are there as a guide for driving in optimum conditions.
"The period between late afternoon and early evening, the time when most casualties happen, is now in darkness."
Driver safety suggestions from the IAM:
1. Don't wait until it's fully dark to turn your lights on; see and be seen
2. Check your windscreen wiper blades are in good condition and washer reservoir topped up
3. Keep the windscreen clean and clear
4. Carry a spare pair of shoes in your car as dry soles make it easier to drive
5. Check your lights and tyres, including your spare tyre and carry a spare set of light bulbs
6. Wipe your head lights and tail lights to keep them bright
For further driving tips visit the Good Garage Scheme Website, http://www.goodgaragescheme.co.uk/drivingtips.html