Snow fear as winter approaches

Drivers fear compacted snow and ice most of all

Drivers fear compacted snow and ice most of all

Drivers fear compacted snow and ice most of all

Compacted snow and ice is the most feared weather condition for UK drivers, ahead of night-time fog, dazzling sunlight and strong wind.

One in twenty drivers (5%) went as far as to say they were ‘terrified’ of driving in compacted snow and ice, according to an AA-Populus poll*.

The league table of most feared weather for driving shows the order of UK drivers’ weather nightmares.

Confidence league table

(Percentage of drivers who rated their confidence at 6 or more out of ten, where 10 = extremely confident)

1. Compacted snow and ice (46%)
2. Fog at night (53%)
3. Fog during the day (60%)
4. Very low temperatures and icy roads (62%)
5. Heavy rain at night (68%)
6. Falling snow (70%)
6. Low dazzling sunlight i.e. spring / autumn evenings (70%)
7. Strong winds (81%)
8. Heavy rain during daytime (84%)

Age

Confidence levels varied a great deal across different demographics with 11% of women saying compacted snow and ice terrified them compared to just 2% of men.

Young drivers (18-24) were the most confident age group for driving in heavy daytime rain with 25% saying they were ‘extremely confident’ at this. This fell to 12% for drivers over 65.

Regional/National

Drivers in the North East were the most confident in fog at night with nearly one in ten (9%) saying they were ‘extremely confident’ driving in this weather. In fact drivers in the North East were the most likely to say they were ‘extremely confident’ in every weather condition except dazzling sunlight, which they were joint most likely to say this with drivers from the South East.

In Wales, one lone driver admitted to being terrified of driving in daytime rain.

Drivers in London and Northern Ireland (4%) were the least likely to say they were ‘extremely confident’ at driving in compacted snow and ice. Those in Scotland (7%) and the North East (8%) were the most like to say this.

Confidence issues – either too much or too little – and difficult weather conditions can be a dangerous mix so I would urge all fleets to ensure their training is up to par before the bad weather really hits

Jim Kirkwood, managing director of AA DriveTech

Jim Kirkwood, managing director of AA DriveTech, said: “Driving is the most dangerous work-related activity most employees undertake.

“So during the winter months when we are likely to experience adverse weather conditions in the UK it is even more important that employers make sure their drivers’ skills are up to scratch. 

“Confidence issues – either too much or too little – and difficult weather conditions can be a dangerous mix so I would urge all fleets to ensure their training is up to par before the bad weather really hits.”

AA DriveTech, the fleet and commercial driver training arm of the AA, offers a number of different training options for fleets who wish to improve the skills of their drivers in adverse weather.


(15 November 2013)