Quarter of drivers involved in winter accidents

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Quarter of drivers involved in winter accidents

With frosty windshields, icy roads and heavy rain everywhere, winter has long been considered the most dangerous time on the roads.
According to new research, almost a quarter of drivers have been involved in an accident in winter and 80 per cent of road users report having witnessed examples of dangerous winter driving.
Irwin Mitchell solicitors are warning drivers of the dangers for those who don’t change their driving style to match the conditions outside.
The law firm have seen with a 22 per cent rise in enquiries relating to road traffic accidents over this winter.
They say: “Millions of drivers don’t drive any differently even if it’s snowing, there’s ice on the roads or there are high winds and rain - that’s despite the fact that less than half are confident driving in icy or snowy conditions.”
In 2012, figures from the Department for Transport revealed that 38 people were killed and 544 seriously injured in reported accidents on Britain's roads when there was snow or ice on the road.

Colin Ettinger from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors joined Wake Up London to talk through how drivers can keep themselves safe on London’s roads.
Winter driving tips
- Reduce their normal driving speed
- Use fog lamps where appropriate
- Increase following distances
- Overtake less than you would in normal conditions
- Drive when the windscreen is full de-misted
- Make sure rear window is not fogged up
- Take a specialist driving course to learn how to drive when it’s snowing or icy.

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