The worry of being late for work is greater than any safety concerns about tackling icy roads, a new survey has revealed.
According to a poll by motoring organisation the AA, 1.5 million Britons are less concerned about wintry driving conditions than they are about getting to the office on time.
The survey of 18,547 drivers reveals that 5% – roughly 1.5 million people – put timekeeping ahead of safety, and only one in five (21%) motorists say they are concerned about skidding about on the icy roads.
Simon Benson, director of motoring services at AA Cars, said: “Drivers are so focused on the day-to-day, such as getting to work on time, that they sometimes miss the bigger picture.
The safety expert has issued some safety advice for motorists to encourage safe driving in the cold, winter months.
He highlights tyre tread and stopping distances as the main areas road users should be concerned with.
He continued: “Drivers need to make sure their tyre thread depth is far above the legal limit as this will offer better grip and reduce braking distances on icy roads. When behind the wheel, they need to remember to leave longer stopping distances and brake gently in slippery conditions.”
The results show that drivers are ignoring some of the key dangers on the roads during wintry months and are preoccupied with other motorists, rather than their own safe driving practices.
For example, 61% say it’s the actions of other motorists that worries them, as opposed to their own driving.
Meanwhile, 6% of motorists believe snow to be the biggest danger they could face, and more than a third (35%) of those polled say drink drivers on the road are their main concern.
Mr Benson added: “Drivers need to be aware of what they could be facing on the roads and if they’re going on a long journey they ought to prepare for the worst case scenario.”
Reference: Yahoo News
Date Published: January 12, 2018
Author: Jackie Kingsley