Drivers 'dangerously unprepared for winter roads'

Many motorists are "dangerously unprepared" for freezing winter weather forecast to make Britain's road treacherous, warns new research.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 13th January 2016, 11:40 am
Updated Thursday, 14th January 2016, 1:19 pm
Is your car ready for the winter weather conditions?
Is your car ready for the winter weather conditions?

One in four drivers admit they "do nothing" to prepare for winter weather and dangerous driving conditions, while 40 per cents cut corners and take to the roads without even being able to fully see through their windscreen.

Despite the Met Office and RAC recommending drivers make special provisions for winter driving, researchers found that less than a third carry out important safety checks and services on brakes, tyres, cooling systems and oil.

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With snow predicted across the UK this week, the survey of 1,000 drivers for Asda showed that many are 'skating on thin ice' when it comes to safety in winter.

The survey showed that just a quarter use antifreeze in the cooling system, while a third don't top up screenwash to combat dirt and rain.

Only one in seven (14 per cent) will check oil levels and change, while more than four out of five (82 per cent) set off on a long journey without checking their battery.

Just six per cent change to winter tyres, while less than a third of drivers will check their brakes are working properly.

Less than four out of 10 (38 per cent) will test their front and rear lights, while 26 per cent admit they "do nothing" to prepare their car for winter.

Shockingly, many motorists claim they don't have time to fully defrost their car with 39 per cent admitting they will "drive with ice or steam on the windscreen" resulting in poor visibility.

But the study did show that five out of six drivers (83 per cent) keep an ice scraper in their car.

Chris Carden, Asda's weather expert, said: "Winter weather can be a testing and dangerous time for drivers if the proper precautions aren't in place.

"We want to ensure that our customers can stock up on everything they need to stay ahead of the cold weather. A few small changes and a bit of preparation can make all the difference."

Safety Necessities Brits Carry In Their Car:

1. Ice scraper (83%)

2. De-icer (77%)

3. Torch (53%)

4. Blanket (43%)

5. Shovel (31%)

6. Bottled water (29%)

7. Antifreeze (27%)

8. Phone charger (26%)

9. Emergency food supplies (14%)