Women 'not carrying out car checks'

Women motorists have been urged to take extra precautions to make sure they are prepared for winter weather.

The call came as new research suggested almost a fifth (18%) fail to make any precautionary checks on their own vehicle.

The hazardous driving conditions brought on by the recent snow and ice have left many at risk of an accident on the roads, and increased the chances that they would be relying on theirbreakdown cover provider to get them home safely.

The survey also found that three-quarters (76%) of women avoid the responsibility of carrying out car maintenance if their vehicle is shared with a partner or family member.

Men do not fare much better though when it comes to ensuring their car has an emergency kit in case of a breakdown.

The survey found that although 95% of men claim they know what should be included in an emergency kit, just 47% bother to put one in their vehicle - the same total as women drivers.

Copyright Press Association 2012