A snow, frost or dirt-covered windscreen is a killer
Drivers who set off looking through a snow slit or peering through smears of road dirt on their windscreens contributed to 22 fatal or serious injury accidents last year.
Also in 2013, at least 19 people died and 259 were seriously injured in accidents where road users couldn’t see properly in rain, sleet, snow and fog*.
The AA’s president Edmund King will highlight these issues at this week's National Road Safety Conference in Brighton and Motor Cycle Live 2014 event in Birmingham.
Particularly in winter our patrols report numerous cases of drivers peering through frosted, frozen or filthy windscreens
Edmund King, AA President
Edmund King, AA president, said: "Your car windscreen is not an optional extra yet some drivers seem to treat it like one. Particularly in winter our patrols report numerous cases of drivers peering through frosted, frozen or filthy windscreens.
"Our surveys suggest some drivers find it hard to spot those on two wheels, but having an obscured windscreen can double the size of your blind spot. Drivers should regularly clean their windscreens, ensure they have adequate screen wash and make certain their side mirrors are clear too."
This call for all road users to not only watch out for each other but be able to see all around is a seasonal reminder of the AA Trust’s Think Bikes campaign, urging drivers to check their mirrors and be alert to two-wheelers.
Even in good weather, 93% of drivers admit it is sometimes hard to see cyclists while driving while 85% say they have difficulty spotting motorcyclists. More than half (55%) have been caught out when a cyclist ‘has appeared from nowhere’ **.
The AA has distributed six million #Thinkbikes stickers that attach to external mirrors to remind drivers to check blind spots for cyclists and motorcycles.
(26 November 2014)
* Department for Transport, Reported Road Casualties GB 2013