Crashes in the wet and dark on the rise

Crashes in the wet and dark on the rise

A significant number of drivers are finding flooded and wet roads more difficult to deal with, latest figures suggest.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says there were 12,445 incidents in such conditions in 2014.

This is a 19% rise on the number four years previously.

The safe driving charity has launched a new #wheelsinwinter social media initiative to coincide with the longer nights.

The IAM has already issued motorists with tips for safe driving in the wet.

These include allowing extra time to reduce speed, taking regular breaks and keeping lights, windscreen and mirrors clean at night.

The interactive campaign aims to appeal younger motorists in particular who may have never experienced these wintry challenges in the past.

IAM also found that there were 368 serious injuries or deaths in accidents related to driving in the fog, sleet, rain or snow last year. Slippery roads played a part in 1,279 deaths or serious accidents.

The IAM says this emphasises the need for getting high-quality tyres installed.

IAM CEO Sarah Sillars says that safe motoring in December, January and February is not hard if you make a few adjustments.

She says the study shows that motorists must alter their mindsets in poorer weather and increased night-time hours.

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