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British Summer Time Ends – 5 ways to stay safe at night as it gets darker sooner

With autumn ending and winter arriving, we find that the days are shorter here in the UK. During the winter, places in the northern hemisphere experience shorter days as the Earth orbits closer to the Sun tilting away from it. It is important that you be safe while living your daily life during winter days.

 
1. End your day earlier
Plan to end your day earlier. Complete all your things while the sun is up and return home safely while the sun is still bright. After all, snuggling in your bed with a hot cup of tea is one of the best ways to spend a winter night!

 

2. Always find companions
For those who have lectures that end at 6pm, find someone to walk home with you. It is important that you travel with someone in the dark. You should also remember to let someone know where you are going and what time you will be home so that if something goes wrong, they will know what to do.

 

3. Wear a high visibility safety vest

It can be hard for drivers to notice you while you are walking around in dark clothes. Putting on a high vision safety vest when you are going out makes you noticeable for drivers and cyclists on the road.

 

4. Follow the light
Try walking on a street with lights. Stick to the well-lit paths even if it takes longer to get home and avoid taking shortcuts down deserted and dark alleyways. Always walk on the side of the road where cars are travelling towards you, as it is easier for you to be aware of what is coming.

 

5. Keep your senses sharp
Refrain yourself from using anything that will dampen your senses for example, headphones. You should always remember to be alert while travelling at night. Keep your hood down if it is not raining, so that you can have a clear view of your surroundings.

About Yi Wen Lee

yi.lee@student.reading.ac.uk'
Year 2 International Business and Finance student.

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