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Club news: Touring reveals that only half of Belgian drivers feel confident about winter driving


Publication date: 05 January 2016


Touring Club Belgium (TCB) carried out a survey of 1,019 Belgians that owned a vehicle that they use at least once per week. The survey results found that only half of drivers believe they have the knowledge to drive safely in winter weather and nearly six out of ten avoid driving altogether. A further third of Belgian drivers do not use winter tires and only 8% have followed a skid course. Further findings:

  • 1 out of 3 drivers find driving in winter weather stressful

  • 70% of drivers follow daily weather forecasts before setting off

  • The three biggest fears are driving on ice (80%), to cause an accident due to slippery roads (66%) and driving in the snow (43%)

  • 1 in 4 does not adjust their speed when driving on a winter road

  • Only 1 in 3 drivers know how to react if the vehicle begins to slide

During the winter months, TCB receives an average of 75 calls a day for accidents, which was the reason why it carried out the survey to assess the knowledge and ability of motorists driving in winter conditions. TCB emphasises that road safety is very important during bad weather conditions. There are certain rules easy to follow that will give drivers more confidence. It has developed a video series to give Belgian drivers some tips and tricks (in French):

 



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