With the clocks going backwards on Sunday 26 October heralding the on-set of bad weather, and the start of a new year at university, many young drivers will be encountering their first winter on the road, as well as a whole new set of hazardous driving conditions such as ice, fog and heavy rain.
Students in particular should take extra care as they load up their cars with their term-time ‘kit’ – especially if their vehicle’s tyres, brakes and shock absorbers aren’t in prime condition.
According to a survey commissioned by Peugeot, and aimed at discovering young drivers’ attitudes towards road safety, 57% of students were uncomfortable with driving on icy roads; 41% driving in fog; 32% in heavy rain; 21% with motorway driving, and 12% concerned about driving at night.
Commented Jon Goodman, marketing director of Peugeot: "After such a wonderful long summer and early autumn, many new drivers may have been lulled into a false sense of security about what motoring is really like. Young motorists tend to drive older cars, and as the weather deteriorates, we are concerned that a combination of poorly maintained cars and lack of winter driving experience may lead to their safety being compromised.
"The reason for publishing our findings is to alert young drivers and their parents to the potential dangers that lie on the road ahead, to ensure that their cars are fully prepared, and that they adapt their driving habits to the very different conditions of winter."