The number of accidents on Britain’s roads leaps by an average of 15% every October, according to figures from the Department of Transport. Deaths caused by road accidents also soar – by around 14%. Reasons for the higher number of crashes include expected seasonal factors such as the roads being more slippery because of increased rainfall and falling leaves – and less expected seasonal factors such as the fact that more deer cross roads during the rutting season. The low level of the sun also makes being temporarily blinded by its dazzle more of a problem for motorists. Fortunately, you can slash your chances of becoming an autumn driving statistic by following our top tips for staying safe on the roads at this time of year.