Survey Exposes Risky Driving Decisions Amidst Snow: RAC Urges Caution and Preparedness
Despite nearly four out of ten motorists (39%) stating they would continue to drive regardless of snowfall levels, a survey by the RAC involving 2,300 drivers reveals a concerning trend: 30% have experienced loss of control in snowy conditions, leading to significant alarm.
This revelation comes amidst ongoing weather advisories for snow and ice, underscoring the challenges snow and ice present to drivers. Astonishingly, 68% of respondents admit to driving during yellow Met Office warnings, with this figure slightly decreasing to 63% amidst more severe amber warnings.
Interestingly, only 9% of drivers abstain from driving during yellow warnings, a figure that escalates to 22% during amber warnings, indicating a heightened sense of caution. A commendable 75% of drivers adopt a more careful driving approach in snowy conditions, with a mere 1% disregarding the need to modify their driving habits.
A notable 11% of drivers choose not to drive at all under snowy conditions, reflecting a cautious stance towards road safety. The RAC emphasizes the importance of vehicle checks and prudent driving in such weather, cautioning against unnecessary risks that endanger both drivers and passengers.
Feedback on local councils’ road gritting efforts yields mixed feelings, with only 51% of drivers satisfied with their local authority’s performance, while dissatisfaction grows regarding the clearance of snow, with only 24% expressing approval.
RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis highlights the critical reliance on cars, particularly during adverse weather conditions, urging drivers to heed Met Office warnings seriously. He emphasizes the significant increase in braking distances due to snow and ice, advocating for careful driving and adequate vehicle preparation.
Councils play a crucial role in road safety during winter, with varied feedback on their effectiveness in gritting and snow clearance. Despite this, the RAC assures continuous support through its patrols and the myRAC app.
Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon stresses the importance of taking precautions and staying informed through weather warnings, underscoring the impact of winter weather on travel and the necessity of preparing both vehicles and homes for severe conditions.