Motorists blind to risks of frosty windscreens
How often at this time of year do you see motorists peering out of a tiny gap in their windscreen that is all that they could be bothered to scrape clear before setting off from home in the morning?
Well, a new survey (the last of 2013 we promise) reveals that many motorists are blind to the risks of ice-covered windscreens.
Forty-three per cent of drivers took to the wheel while their windscreen was at least partially obscured last winter, reducing visibility and increasing the chances of a collision.
The research by Direct Line found that an incredible 14% of these drivers even risked driving while looking out of the side window because the whole windscreen was still misted or iced over.
Many motorists (16%) risked causing serious damage to their car’s windscreen and windows by using boiling or hot water instead of de-icer, and 2% – the equivalent of 780,000 motorists – damaged their windscreens by pouring hot water on them.
Motorists should also be wary when leaving the engine running while the car warms up and de-mists, as an unattended car is the perfect target for thieves and risks a theft claim not being paid.
The danger of driving while your vision is impaired was very sadly demonstrated in Ashford last December.
Driver Ronald David Lynch was leaving a car park in Beaver Road at the end of a Christmas shopping outing when he knocked down 70-yearold Michael Donnelly, who was walking nearby.
Lynch, 55, of Beaver Lane, denied causing death by driving carelessly but was convicted by a jury.
The court was told that ice had been scraped off the windscreen of Lynch’s Cavalier – “most of it but not all, and the inside was misted up”.
Think of that when you start up your car on a frosty or icy morning.
So Christmas Day has come and gone already, and no doubt you’re still marvelling over the wonderful gifts you received.
Members of the Nuts and Bolts team, however, are wondering how many Ashfordians found themselves un-wrapping a Wesco Breadboy this year?
We say this because, according to the team at our new John Lewis at Home store, sales of the metal bread bin in Ashford are an incredible 596% above the national average!
The steel container, which comes in an array of colours, will set you back between £68 and £75.
The research was carried out by the upmarket chain as it compared sales of gifts from across its 40 stores in the UK to uncover regional shopping habits.
The results reveal that kitchen accessories and appliances are proving the most popular among Ashford’s shoppers.
So the question on everyone’s lips is… Did you receive a shiny new bread bin on Christmas Day? And, most importantly, in what colour?
Wesco Breadboys are selling in Ashford at a rate of 596% above the national average
Driving safe this Christmas?