South East residents have dangerously poor knowledge when winter hits, with over 63% unsure of the correct way to deal with their car skidding on ice or snow, according to a new survey by motoring accident specialists, Michael Jefferies Injury Lawyers.
In the event of skidding, 12% would sharply apply the brakes or put their hazard lights on (23%), instead of correctly turning into the skid and allowing the car to reduce speed gradually.
Not knowing how to properly deal with wintery weather has led to a feeling of unease on the roads, with 1 in 4 South East motorists (38%) scared to drive in poor conditions and half (50%) admitting to having had an accident or near miss.
Cyclists under the cover of darkness are also a big concern for drivers in the region, with a third (34%) of respondents worried they wouldn’t spot a bike rider.
When it comes to preparation, more drivers carry a mobile phone charger (35%) than an essential snow shovel (18%) or even an A-Z road map (22%) in case the car battery and sat nav die.
Michael Jefferies, managing director of Michael Jefferies Injury Lawyers comments:
“Snow and ice are inevitable conditions every winter, so it’s crucial that motorists take extra steps to prepare their vehicle. Make travelling easier and safer by allowing extra time in the morning to clear your car exterior from frost and snow – only use lukewarm water or de-icer and avoid boiling water. Before turning the ignition on, check your autowiper is off as this could blow the wiper fuse if they are frozen to the screen.”