Despite some recent good weather, we are rapidly moving through the year and heading towards the winter.

For motorists, this means that driving conditions will become more difficult and once the clocks change on 27 October, we will all spend more time driving in the dark.

Alongside the obvious challenges that this provides to a driver, Brake and Autoglass are working hard to highlight the dangers that this creates for non-driving road users.

According to road safety charity Brake, two pedestrians and cyclists are killed, and 25 are seriously injured every day in the UK.

It goes without saying that these road users are most at risk when it’s dark, which is why the organisation has launched the ‘Bright Days’ initiative, which aims to raise awareness of how drivers can help prevent accidents by slowing down and watching out for pedestrians and cyclists.

Of course it also provides a timely reminder to the cyclists and pedestrians themselves that they need to wear bright clothing during dark winter evenings.

All of the onus can’t be put solely onto drivers because they can’t be expected to avoid what they can’t easily see. All road users need to mitigate their risk, and especially the groups which are most at risk.  

Whether they are in a car, van, HGV or on a bike, road users have a responsibility to give it their full attention all of the time.

However, as conditions get worse you must be able to adapt, and in the dark this means making a special effort to look out for vulnerable road users to make sure that you can avoid them.