A Third of Motorists Drive Off With Snowed Up Windscreens
One in three motorists admits they will drive this winter without being able to see out of their windscreen properly, according to research by Continental Tyres. This will mean 6 million close calls on our roads this winter, as nearly two million drivers were close to crashing at least three times in the last year because their windscreen wasn’t clear before setting off. Researchers found most motorists think they are 'in too much of a rush' to fully defrost their windows and mirrors before heading off to work. It also emerged men are far worse than women at pulling off the driveway while peering through a tiny spot of clear glass at the road ahead.
Continental Tyres, which polled 4,000 drivers said: ”Preparation is key when setting out in your car, especially during the winter months. It is essential to be able to see and be seen. An astonishing 52 per cent of people know it is wrong to drive without a fully clear windscreen but fail to do anything about it.”
The company also took the opportunity to remind drivers of its 3mm and winter tyre safety messages: “Check your lights, ensure your windscreen and windows are clear, that your brakes are in good condition, your tyres have a minimum of 3mm of tread and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front.”
It also emerged that four out of ten motorists don’t bother cleaning mirrors or rear windows before setting off in the winter. Seven out of ten never check tyre tread depth and fail to ensure tyres are roadworthy, and one in two never put anti-freeze in radiators. Four out of ten don’t check windscreen washer bottle levels and a similar figure don’t bother to check whether their wipers are working properly. A quarter don’t even check if their lights are working.
Tim Bailey continued: “When the temperature drops below 7°C, cold weather tyres which have tread patterns and compounds designed for wintry roads are certainly worth considering. They improve stopping distances in icy, wet and any snowy conditions we might experience in the coming months. Again, it’s all about being prepared so that you are safe in all eventualities this winter.”