Winter accident risks are ‘far higher’

Written by Molly

Drivers across the UK are being warned to be extra vigilant when taking to the roads this winter, as new figures have shown how accident rates dramatically increase at this time of year.

New research carried out by Insure the Box has revealed a 20 per cent increase in the number of accidents on the nation's roads when the winter weather takes hold.

According to the insurer's findings, issues including low winter sun that can increase dazzle, wet and slippery driving conditions and darker evenings are all factors that increase the risk for motorists of being involved in an accident.

Responding to the research, road safety manager for Insure The Box Simon Rewell commented: "Driving in winter presents motorists with much more challenging road conditions. The darker, shorter days, coupled with increased chance of ice and snow, increases risk for all road users."

He concluded that it is therefore essential for all road users to pay extra care at this time of year, with recommendations for safer driving during winter including using dipped headlights even during daylight hours if visibility becomes diminished and driving in a smooth manner to avoid the risk of loss of control through harsh braking and acceleration.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Winter can be a treacherous time for drivers, so all road users must take steps to ensure they are being as safe as possible when travelling during the winter months."


Posted on 13th January 2017

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