Will you be ready when winter bites?
Nearly two thirds of drivers do not check their anti-freeze, oil or water before setting off on a winter journey, a survey by the Highways Agency has revealed.
The Agency’s annual Road User Satisfaction Survey also found almost half of respondents didn’t do any winter checks at all on their vehicle.
Other findings from the survey included:
- 41% said they checked their lights were working before setting out.
- 53% don’t keep warm clothes in their car in case of emergency.
- 42% carry de-icer in their vehicle.
The Highways Agency is encouraging road users to spend a few minutes making sure that they, and their vehicle, are fully prepared for severe weather this winter.
Just a couple of minutes of preparation, making important vehicles checks and giving yourself extra time to plan your journey before you set off, can help to ensure you have a safe trip.
“Drivers should keep an emergency winter kit in their vehicle, in case something goes wrong during a winter journey. Crucial items like warm clothing, food, warm drinks, a road atlas, shovel, torch, ice-scraper and de-icer could really help if your vehicle breaks down in bad weather,” the Highways Agency’s John McTaggart said.