Expert issues Winter Solstice warning for drivers

An expert has issued a Winter Solstice warning to Britain’s drivers.

The longest night of the year falls on December 21st and, according to the Department for Transport, 41 per cent of fatal motor accidents happen in the dark.

Andy Leadbetter, managing director of insurance at, believes that this is the busy festive period is the worst time to suffer a breakdown in your car.

He said: "At this time of year an uplift in accident rates is not unusual – a wake up call for anyone getting behind the wheel. Motorists should ready themselves and their vehicles now for icy conditions."

To do this, Mr Leadbetter advises, it is best not to neglect checking your oil level, anti-freeze, hazard lights and tyres for tread depth and pressure.

Don’t be slow to load your car with essentials such as a torch, reflective triangle sign, high-visibility jacket, first aid kit and jump leads.

It is particularly easy to fail to see pedestrians, cyclist and motorbike riders in the dark, increasing the need to be extra-vigilant.

Written by Simon Eagle


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