Drivers 'forget to pack key items'

A latest survey has found that despite drivers being wary of impending bad weather, many forget to pack key items such as warm clothing, jump leads and a shovel before hitting the road.

According to the poll carried out by Manheim Auctions, just 33% of the respondents said that they remember to pack warm clothes while on journeys during the winter.

Just a quarter of people said they keep jump leads in their car, with a fifth sure to carry a shovel in their vehicles.

Some of the key rules that are mostly followed by drivers in order to be safe during the winter are carrying an ice scraper (80%) and de-icer (77%), top-up screen wash (89%) and anti-freeze (78%) and checking the water level (66%).

Only 19% said that they carry a warning triangle, and a reflective jacket is kept in the car for safety just by 17% of the respondents.

Drivers would be better prepared for winter by taking out a comprehensivecar insurance policy to protect their vehicles.

Craig Mailey, Marketing Director at Manheim Auctions, said: "Preparing for winter is second nature to many people but it goes beyond just carrying an ice scraper and de-icer. You need to prepare for the possibility of being stuck in traffic for long periods or of getting stranded in the snow."

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