By Kev Kiernan
Few people make the necessary preparations for driving on the roads in winter weather, a new survey suggests.
Almost one in four do not slow as they go around a corner and around the same proportion do not extend the distance between their vehicle and the one in front, according to a poll by Churchill insurers.
Another 26 per cent admit that they do not give themselves extra time to get to where they are going by driving slower and 27 per cent said they skidded on the ice in their vehicle during last winter.
Some 44 per cent also admit to driving on the roads while their windscreens are iced over or misted up.
The poll also reveals that people have used CD cases, bank or credit cards and even cigarette packets to clear snow and ice from their vehicle. Around a fifth have used their hands to wipe clear any windows and windscreens, while 15 per cent have used boiling water from a kettle.
Tony Chilcott, head of car insurance at Churchill, said: "It is really important that, during winter, drivers do not assume that they can drive at the same speeds and in the same style that they would in fair and dry conditions.
"Remember that you may not always be able to see ice patches, so at the very least it's a good idea to reduce your speed, particularly when driving around corners."