A new survey conducted by the road safety charity Brake has found that almost three quarters of Britain’s drivers take life-threatening risks in icy weather.
The research found a worrying lack of knowledge about safe stopping distances in wintry conditions and identified worries among many road users that too many vehicles travel too quickly when the roads are at their most perilous.
With temperatures plummeting across Britain, the charity has urged drivers not to take unnecessary risks on roads where it would be easy to lose control.
Gary Rae, campaigns and communications director for Brake, said: “Our roads are at their most dangerous during the winter months, so drivers must be at their most cautious.
“We don’t want any more families to be torn apart by crashes caused by drivers not adapting to the conditions. Ice, snow, heavy rain and fog make driving incredibly risky; stopping distances double in wet weather and can increase up to ten-fold in ice and snow.
“If snow is forecast, we urge people to think about whether their journey is necessary, but if you get caught out driving in bad weather the critical thing is to slow right down and keep your distance, bearing in mind it will take you much longer to stop in an emergency, and to react in the first place, if visibility is reduced.”
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