A third of motorists in Scotland have noticed that the roads are darker than they were a year ago, as cash-strapped councils continue to switch off street lights in their thousands, a survey has revealed.
Lights have been turned off or dimmed in the past year in response to budget cuts and climate change targets.
Katie Shepherd of Brake, the road safety charity, said: “In the dark evenings it is even more important that drivers keep a look out for vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists, and slow down to 20mph in communities.
“This means you have a far better chance of stopping in time if you need to – greatly reducing your chances of knocking someone down or being involved in a crash.
“Checking that your vehicle is properly equipped for winter, with working lights and tyres in good condition, is also crucial for ensuring your safety and protecting other people.”