Young drivers top anxiety ahead of winter journeys
As the UK braces for its coldest winter in years, with hail, sleet and snow expected across the country, Marmalade – a leading provider of car insurance and cars for young drivers - has discovered black ice is the biggest anxiety for young drivers this winter.
In a recent Twitter poll of over 500 young drivers (534) under the age of 25 years, Marmalade identified that 54% feared black ice the most when driving on the UK roads during the winter months. This was followed by other concerns including low sun (20%), breaking down (14%) and driving in heavy rain (12%).
Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, comments: “Driving in winter months can be hugely daunting and demanding for us all as the colder temperature presents various challenges. From icy conditions to heavy rainfall, fog and less daylight, driving at this time of year can make our everyday journey an anxious experience – especially for young drivers who may not have gained as much confidence as those who have been driving for a number of years.
“Black ice is not easily seen on the road surface so it’s not surprising it has been identified as the biggest anxiety for young drivers. During these colder months, it is really important to drive steady, in control and leaving plenty of space between other vehicles. For anyone who does experience black ice then remain calm, steer in the direction of skid and try not to brake or accelerate until you are back in control.”
Last month Highways England announced its team of 1,300 specially trained gritter drivers based across the country were gearing up for the winter ahead of treating the UK roads and were urging drivers to do the same.
Jess Norman, the Roads Minister, said: “We are asking drivers to make sure they and their vehicles are also prepared. Before you set out, check your vehicle, the road conditions and the weather forecast. If the conditions are poor, and journeys are not essential, consider waiting until the weather gets better – this should improve journeys, and give our gritters a chance to treat the roads.”
Crispin concludes: “The festive season is upon us and for some means more road trips than usual as we visit our loved ones. It is imperative all drivers prepare their car before they head off any journey to minimise the risk to themselves and other drivers.”
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