A recent survey by Manheim Auctions shows that 2.5 million vehicles on the road this winter could be driven by motorists who won’t be changing their driving style during snowy conditions. Some won’t be doing so because of their confidence in driving in all conditions but some don’t believe they need to even though they have never driven in snow.

    Drivers in Northern Ireland seem the most confident with 75% of respondents believing that they are skilful drivers and can handle driving in all weather conditions meanwhile 41% of respondents in East Anglia admit that the snow does not cause them any issues whatsoever when behind the wheel.

    But many have yet to experience driving in wintry conditions with 60% of respondents in Wales, 45% in London and 42% in Yorkshire and Humberside admitted to have never driven in the snow.

    “While it is good news that so many motorists have the confidence to drive in wintry conditions driving in snow should not be underestimated as not only should you take extra care yourself but you should also be more aware of what is going on around you. However there will be occasions when driving in bad weather is not recommended and we urge drivers, whatever their confidence levels, to heed the advice given by motoring organisations,” said Craig Mailey, Marketing Director, Manheim Auctions.

    The survey was conducted by One Poll in August 2011 with 3,000 respondents