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Nearly half of drivers don't carry out any winter checks on their car

Date: 27/11/2014 04:50:15
Category: Car tracking
Author: Laura Varley

Many Brits are unprepared for driving in winter conditions it seems, as 45 per cent fail to perform any checks on their vehicle during the colder months, a new survey from the Highways Agency reveals.

Before setting off on a winter journey, 63 per cent of Brits fail to check their oil, water or anti-freeze. A further 41 per cent do not check their lights are working and 42 per cent don't take de-icer with them, reports fleetworld.co.uk.

Drivers are also unprepared for possible breakdowns. More than half (53 per cent) don't take spare warm clothes with them in case of an emergency and 64 per cent don't bring drinking water. In fact, only 37 per cent pack a blanket, 33 per cent prepare a warm drink for their journey and 32 per cent take something to eat.

John McTaggart, head of on-road services for the Highways Agency, said motorists should prepare and pack an emergency winter kit, just in case they breakdown during their journey.

"In particularly severe weather, drivers need to consider whether their journey is truly necessary," he noted. "If you really must travel, be sure to check weather and traffic conditions and plan your journey before setting out. It may be a case of leaving earlier, or leaving a little later, or simply planning the best places for rest stops along the way."

RAC spokesman, Simon Williams, added that drivers also need to check their tyre tread and pressure, fuel and screenwash levels, as well as their lights, reports rac.co.uk.

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