- Seven in ten (71%) drivers surveyed have dangerously poor knowledge when it comes to winter stopping distances
- Two thirds (66%) of drivers believe others do not leave enough space to stop safely
- More than half of drivers questioned (54%) think other drivers travel too fast in poor weather conditions
A new study carried out on behalf of Brake and Direct Line is highlighting the risks too many drivers are taking in bad weather. The survey released on the 8th January 2016, 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 underestimating the distance.
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 10 times as long, with 6% being even more cautious and believing it is up to 20 times as long.
That means, that on a fine day, if you are travelling at 30 mph and need to brake immediately it will take you 23 meters to stop, in icy conditions it could take up to 230 meters – that’s the length of two-full sized football pitches and, of course, the faster you are travelling, the further that distance could be.