Motorists fear the risks of winter driving

Cars, lorries and buses in a traffic jam on the A8 near Gogarburn after a heavy fall of snow made driving difficult in January 1993.
Cars, lorries and buses in a traffic jam on the A8 near Gogarburn after a heavy fall of snow made driving difficult in January 1993.

As falling temperatures herald the arrival of winter, a new study reveals how much motorists fear winter motoring.

More than a third of drivers are anxious about driving in the deteriorating weather conditions - with one in ten admitting to being genuinely frightened.

Fears appear to be well founded - with two thirds of drivers unnerved by a skid whilst at the wheel.

The survey by Halfords was carried out to check how prepared motorists are for the bad weather.

A company spokesman said: “Winter driving is very demanding on cars. Vital components like oil, anti-freeze and batteries should all be checked before the cold weather strikes to minimise the chances of being stranded in particularly unpleasant conditions.

“From a safety perspective tyres, lights and windscreen wipers also need to be kept in good condition and can significantly reduce the risk of an accident, which is why our winter inspection covers all of these things.”