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With colder weather setting in, it can lead to havoc on the UK’s roads, and a new survey has found that almost half of motorists fear driving in snowy and icy conditions.

The study of 1,000 motorists found that 46 per cent feared driving in snow and ice – but motorists can help to alleviate this worry by preparing and planning ahead for such conditions.

While a full list of tips can be here, drivers should check their vehicle before travelling, take additional care and carry essential supplies in case of an emergency.

Alongside drivers fearing wintry weather, it also exposed a number of other situations that many motorists worry about. These include motorway driving, which 36 per cent of women would rather avoid, while 25 per cent of men feel nervous about driving around a town or city. The research also found 16 per cent of motorists don’t like driving on rural roads.

The survey was conducted by Young Driver – the UK’s largest under-17s driving experience provider – and also found that many motorists didn’t experience key parts of driving while learning. These include 16 per cent saying they’d never experienced driving on different types of roads and at different times. Eight per cent of those that had learned to drive in a city had also never driven in a rural location.

Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “It makes sense that youngsters should get as much experience – and as varied experience – as possible before they pass their test.

“From driving in the dark or adverse weather conditions to different types of roads at different times of the day, it’s vital that drivers feel prepared for any situation. Even driving different types of cars and vehicles is important to give a different perspective and driving experience.”

Ted Welford

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December 7, 2020