Winter driving initiative launched

A new initiative has been launched by the IAM and Jet Service Stations to help motorists drive their cars safely this winter and reduce the number of road accidents caused by treacherous driving conditions.

As part of the new safe driving initiative, which will begin on November 28, 62 Jet Service Stations in the UK will be providing a safe driving booklet and an ice scraper, free of cost, to motorists.

The booklet will offer advice on how to handle challenging driving conditions during winter, helping save lives as well as avoid unnecessarycar insurance claims.

The number of accidents caused by vision impairment due to rain, sleet, snow or fog totalled 2,328 last year, leading to 3,318 casualties and 20 deaths.

Peter Rodger, chief examiner at IAM, said: "The number of serious crashes on Britain's roads is reducing and we want to see that trend continue. When the weather is bad, firstly you need to ask yourself do you really need to travel at all? If you do, then preparing your car before you set off is as important as your performance on the road when the conditions get tough."

Motorists can also visit drivingadvice.org.uk, a new website launched by the IAM to ensure safe driving by providing valuable tips, traffic updates and weather forecasts.

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