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Brits in the Dark As a Third of Street Lights Are Switched

DRIVERS will be plunged into darkness this weekend as clocks go back and councils keep street lights switched off.

Almost 600,000 lamps are turned off in the evening across the UK - and a further 1.5million bulbs are dimmed - creating a road safety nightmare.

Data from Confused.com said one in eight drivers had been involved in a crash or near miss in a street where lights were off.

And the problem is set to get worse with

clocks going back by an hour in the early hours of Sunday morning

sending rush hour into the dark.

At least 137 councils across the UK have dimmed or switched off lights with around a third of the six millions lamps running on reducing brightness.

The issue is a major concern in rural areas where there's no light spill from houses or businesses.

East Anglia is the worst region with nearly half switched off and just 40 per cent fully lit in the evenings.

And drivers reckon rural lights should be switched back on as the routes are too dangerous to drive in the dark.

A quarter of Brits are worried about the many unpredictable obstacles the countryside roads can throw up - like flocks of sheep, horse riders, or other wildlife.

Councils are powering down lights to save cash and beat climate change energy targets.

But Confused.com motoring editor Amanda Stretton said safety needed to be considered too - especially as the clocks change.

She added: "Our street lighting map really puts into perspective the darkness faced by drivers while driving at night.

"And with the clocks going back this Sunday, evenings are only going to get darker especially in rural areas.

"It is clear that many drivers dread driving at night time, and it is no wonder given how little light is available in some areas.

"For those who are headed out for a night-time drive, there are things you can do make your trip safer, such as dimming dashboard lights to reduce reflections.

"We also recommend allowing more time for journeys, so you arent driving under pressure.

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