Cold Snap No Problem For 4x4 Drivers

The Met Office is forecasting snow showers for most parts of the UK this weekend. However, the nation's 4x4 drivers shouldn't need to change their weekend plans.

4x4 vehicles come into their own in wintry conditions. They have the capability to distribute power between the front and rear axle, depending on the need. This helps prevent loss of traction caused by over or understeer, provides extra grip and greater stability - ideal for slippery snowy conditions.

All over the country drivers recognise this benefit, helping reduce the number of accidents that inevitably increase when snow and ice hits.

SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, 'We must not lose sight of the fact that each year Britain is gripped by poor weather. A four-wheel drive provides greater stability, more grip and less chance of accidents in inclement weather. At this time of year, the British weather shows just how important these selling points are for both urban and rural users.'

Latest registration figures from SMMT (January-October) show interesting regional trends for 4x4 sales. Large conurbations like London, West Midlands, Merseyside and Manchester are not hotspots, appearing towards the bottom of the list.

SMMT publishes these figures to put to bed myths like 'one in seven' sales in London is a 4x4. In truth, the figure is closer to one in 15.

26 November 2005 Staff

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