THE nights are getting darker and commuters may find that their daily trip to-and-from work now takes place in the dark.

To help drivers to stay safe during the darkened nights – a private number plate company, Click4Reg, has released a list of ways drivers can remain safe on the roads.

Make sure that your front and rear lights are working as it can be extremely dangerous to drive without lights during the winter months.

Driving with lights isn't always about what you can see, but who can see you, and make sure that other drivers can see you on the roads.

Car accidents linked to driver fatigue are a major cause of road incidents.

Make sure you are fully awake as driving in the dark can make you feel more tired than usual – especially on long journeys.

If you are driving for longer than an hour, make sure you take regular stops – driving tired can be just as dangerous as drink driving.

Car4Reg also recommends drivers invest in a breakdown plan.

Breaking down is never fun – but doing so at night can be dangerous.

If you find yourself in this situation, put your hazards on, and stand back from your car. A high-visibility jacket can help you to be seen by passing drivers.

A spokesperson for Click4Reg said: “With the darker nights approaching and the commence of rutting season, the most difficult time of year to be driving has begun.

“Statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents revealed that 40 per cent of all collisions occur in the darkness and the road safety organization - GEM Motorists Assist - warns the coming weeks will see a significant rise in the risk of collisions with deer.”