Friday 9th December 2011
Be Wiser Insurance

According to a recent poll by Be Wiser Insurance only one in ten British motorists are worried about being stranded on the roads this winter despite reports that we could be in for another big freeze.

Last year the winter chaos caused thousands of motorists to be stranded across the country.

Motorists are more likely to worry about having an accident because of the snowy/icy conditions (38%) or the actions of other drivers (41%) rather than worrying about being stranded.

Mark Bower-Dyke, Chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:

"Accidents do happen and you can never predict when they might happen. You can however make sure that you are prepared for being stranded and can make the experience more bearable should you be unlucky enough to experience this."

Be Wiser offers these helpful suggestions to ensure being stranded doesn't ruin your journey any more than it has to:

  • Bring extra food in case you're stranded over a meal time
  • Have water to hand - it's important as being hydrated ensures you can remain focused on driving once the roads are clear
  • Ensure that you have a mobile phone charger in the car so you can keep in contact with others
  • Have a blanket in the car to keep you warm
  • Ensure all of this is within easy reach within the car (you might not be able to access your boot)

Last month's Be Wiser poll showed that a fifth of motorists would be travelling more than 60 miles this festive period, and 13% would be travelling over 120 miles.

Mark Bower-Dyke comments:

"Hopefully no-one will get stranded in their car but keeping our advice in mind before setting out can at least provide some peace of mind. After all, it doesn't hurt to be prepared!"

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