Almost half of UK young drivers are choosing to stay safe and not drive in the snow

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Posted by Media Team on 01 March 2018

With the UK currently experiencing heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures, Marmalade – a leading provider of car insurance and cars for young drivers – has identified that almost half of the UK’s young drivers are choosing not to risk driving.   

In a recent Twitter poll of 143 young drivers aged under the age of 25 years, Marmalade has identified that 48% have made the decision not to drive on the snow covered roads courtesy of ‘the Beast from the East’. This was followed by 29% who said they felt fine to drive but were going to take their time.

Crispin Moger, CEO for Marmalade comments:

“It’s comforting to see that almost half of the UK’s young drivers are choosing to stay safe and not drive in the snow because it can be a hugely daunting and demanding experience. Not only do young drivers have less experience driving in these types of weather conditions but they are still gaining confidence and most cars are not fully equipped to deal with the snow.”

The ‘Beast from the East’ has brought chaos to the country’s infrastructure. The cold snap, predicted to be the coldest week of the winter season in five years, has left Britain covered in a blanket of snow and experiencing temperatures almost -12C in some areas, forcing hundreds of schools to close and leaving the country’s transport services and motorists facing severe delays. Numerous police forces across the UK are urging people not to drive.

The survey also identified a small number of participants (10%) who ‘had to drive today,’ which is always going to be the case, claims Crispin:

“There will always be occasions where you have to get behind the wheel in the snow because of work or personal commitments. It is imperative all drivers are prepared before they head off on their journeys and allow plenty of time to minimise risk to themselves and other drivers. Always remove the snow off the roof of your car before setting off, ensure your mobile phone is fully charged, wrap up warm and take extra layers including blankets, check the air in your tyres and plan your route.”