AA encourages drivers to ensure they are prepared for the onset of winter
The AA is encouraging drivers to help themselves by ensuring they are adequately prepared for the onset of winter after its research revealed that many harbour fears about driving in wintry weather.
The latest AA-Populus poll revealed* last week that compacted snow and ice is the most feared weather condition for UK drivers. More than half (54% including 20% extremely anxious) of drivers aren’t confident driving in such weather; close to two-fifths (38% including 10% extremely anxious) admit nerves when the temperatures are very low and on icy roads; and close to a third (30% including 6% extremely anxious) lack confidence in falling snow.
With more than half of drivers admitting winter nerves, act now as the better prepared you are, the more it will help your confidence on the roads
Tony Rich, AA patrol of the year
Tony Rich, AA patrol of the year, says: “While this first taste of winter isn’t expected to cause any real disruption, it’s going to feel pretty raw with overnight frosts and icy patches expected.
“With more than half of drivers admitting winter nerves, act now as the better prepared you are, the more it will help your confidence on the roads.
“Winter is a punishing time for your car, so it’s important to make sure it’s up to the job. Your car’s handbook details the basic checks but, if you’re unsure what you’re doing, take advantage of the free or low price pre-winter car checks offered by many garages. And if you’ve been waiting to fit winter tyres, now is the time to change over.
“Stock up on de-icer and, at the very least, carry warm clothing, scraper and a fully-charged mobile in case of problems.
“Allow more time in the morning to clear your car’s windows of frost and keep your speed in check in case of icy patches, particularly first thing in the morning and late on when temperatures drop again.
“Take extra care in more rural areas, especially on higher ground, and if it gets slippery, stick to the main routes where possible.”
(18 November 2013)
* Populus interviewed 21,165 adults aged 18+ on The AA-Populus online panel between 11-17 October 2013.