Driving accidents in the evening increase by 30% after the autumn clock change according to research by Insure The Box.
Based on three years of accident data from over 330,000 administrated policies, predominantly for young drivers between 17 and 24 years old, there was a 10% accident risk increase in the four weeks following the clock change at the end of October.
This percentage increased by three times when those drivers were on the road between 5pm and 8pm in darker conditions.
Charlotte Halkett, general manager of communications said: "There is no doubt accident risk increases as a direct result of the clocks going back one hour in Autumn.
"For many young drivers, the evenings after the clock change will be their first experience of driving in the dark, coping with quite different conditions including reduced visibility."
It is believed that this is the first time that telematics data has been used to calculate the exact risk of driving accidents in direct correlation with the autumn clock change.
When Halkett was asked whether she thought the autumn clock change should be scrapped, she said that there were wider factors to consider but that they would like their research to be factored in to the on-going discussions regarding the issue.
"There are still far too many young men and women killed or seriously injured on our roads and stopping the annual autumn clock change could, from our analysis, save many young drivers from the risk of an accident," she continued.
"As we approach this year's autumn clock change weekend we are highlighting our findings to young drivers and hope to encourage them take a safe and sensible approach to driving as we head into the winter months."