Feb 212014
 

WinterWe may be half way through winter, but it does seem that according to research most motorists don’t seem to be very prepared for whatever the weather is going to throw at them. However, they did find that 51% of motorists change their driving habit to deal with the conditions.

CarsandGarages’ research has found that a large percentage of UK motorists do nothing to prepare their vehicle for winter, failing to make their vehicle safe for the more challenging conditions experienced in winter. However, they did find that 51% of motorists change their driving habit to deal with the conditions.

92% of motorists don’t fit winter tyres to their vehicle despite the benefits, with 54% stating cost as the main factor.

65% of motorists don’t carry out any winter checks to their vehicle, with only 6% going to a garage to get one – in spite of the fact that many offer them at no cost.

54% of motorists don’t prepare a winter pack containing items necessary for being stranded in poor weather.

28% of motorists are not aware of winter driving courses which can help drivers to understand and control their vehicle in poor conditions, with only 5% of motorists taking part in a winter driving course.

Overall although UK motorists make changes to their driving style their vehicle is not prepared, surely these should go hand in hand as having an unsafe or poorly prepared vehicle will make changing your driving style irrelevant.

Winter Survey carried out November 2013 of 107 motorists in the UK.