A Huddersfield charity has launched a new safety campaign over winter driving.
Brake has urged drivers to take extra care with snow and ice forecast to be on the way.
A new study from the charity is highlighting the risks too many drivers are taking in bad weather. The survey reveals 71% of drivers questioned do not know how much longer it will take their vehicle to stop in icy conditions.
This means they could be putting other road users, and themselves, at risk by under-estimating the distance.
Some 11% of drivers think the stopping distance is twice as long in icy weather, a third think it’s four times as long and 27% think it should be five times as long. Just 23% of drivers know that the actual figure is up to ten times as long.
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.”,
Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens has warned of sleet and snow from Sunday onwards, with the likelihood of heavier falls by the middle of next week.
Temperatures could drop as low as minus 5°C.