Research carried out by Direct Line Car Insurance and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Safety found that the number of pedestrian casualties increases on Britain’s roads in November.

Road casualty data shows that the number of pedestrian casualties rises from an average of 397 in August, to a high of 565 in November - an increase of 46%. Overall, pedestrians account for more than 26% of all serious injuries that happen during November in the UK.

Analysis also found that car driver casualties also peak in November, with drivers aged 16-24 accounting for the majority of these car occupier casualties. The darker evenings following the clocks going back is said to add to the increased risk.

“November is truly a bleak month for road casualties, with pedestrian and car casualties higher than any other point in the year. Road users need to be especially vigilant as the nights get darker earlier following the clocks change. We hope this analysis will spur the authorities to take immediate action, investing in education campaigns highlighting the distinct challenges of navigating the streets in the autumn and winter,” say Gus Park, director of motor insurance at Direct Line.

The research highlights the increased risks of winter driving in comparison to other seasons, and points out that it is paramount for drivers and pedestrians to be extra cautious during this time of year.

Here at HiQ, we believe it is important for drivers to be aware of the ways in which they can increase their safety during winter driving. If you want to find out more about how you can increase your safety on the roads this winter, why not download one of our Winter Driving Guides: