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Drivers have little faith in icy road conditions

As we wake up to another icy morning many drivers are heading out on daily commutes with little faith in road conditions.

Eight out 10 drivers polled by the RAC don’t feel Britain is prepared to cope with snowy conditions, with more than half saying those responsible for the nation’s roads are ‘not very prepared’.

Snow is by far the most disruptive weather for motorists with three-quarters saying they have made a conscious decision not to drive because of it.

RAC Rescue spokesman Simon Williams said: “Figures from the Local Government Association show that local councils have stockpiled 1.5m tonnes of salt in readiness to make sure the country’s roads don’t turn to ice when the thermometer plummets. This is clearly appreciated by motorists as most seem satisfied with the way local authorities treat roads when there is a risk of ice.

“Snow, however, is another matter as the vast majority of motorists don’t think the country is well set up to deal with more than a dusting of the white stuff. When it comes to winter driving, preparation is everything and that applies to both those in charge of our roads and to motorists themselves as they have to make sure they and their vehicles are ready for whatever the weather throws at them.

“While most councils are well stocked with grit to prevent roads becoming dangerously icy when cold conditions are forecast, a prolonged period of heavy snow presents an altogether more challenging situation which is harder for them to deal with due to the infrequency with which the country has to endure the worst winter weather. Grit generally works very well, apart from in extreme low temperatures, but it does need vehicles to be driving on it to be effective so if large amounts of snow fall in short periods councils are then faced with having to try to clear roads with snow ploughs.

“Drivers should always make sure their vehicles are ready for winter driving with good tread on their tyres, the right coolant so that it doesn’t freeze, a well topped up high quality screen wash that protects down to at least -15°C and windscreen wipers that are in good working order. They should also ensure they are well equipped with de-icer and a scraper, warm clothing, food and a drink, blankets or a sleeping bag in case they get stuck, a shovel, and that they have a fully charged mobile with charging cable and a back-up battery supply.”

Despite having little faith in road conditions 69% claimed they were satisfied with their councils’ gritting practices.

To protect against the FORCES of winter the RAC recommends:

F – fuel – making sure you have plenty for your journey
O – oil – checking and topping up
R – rubber – checking your tyres have good tread and are inflated to the correct pressure. Also making sure        your wipers are in good condition
C – coolant – checking and topping up
E – electrics – making sure all your lights are working properly
S – screen wash – topping up with screen wash that protects down to at least -15°C

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Posted on 12th February 2018 at 11:36 AM

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