Drivers are 'unprepared for icy roads'
Wednesday 07 December 2011
Only one in five motorists is prepared for severe weather on the roads this winter, according to the British Red Cross.
The global voluntary network, better known for responding to international conflicts and natural disasters, has staff and a fleet of vehicles ready to help the emergency services should last Christmas's atrocious conditions be repeated.
The British Red Cross's research shows that severe winter weather spoiled Christmas for almost half the population last year.
In a poll of 2,000 adults, fewer than two in five had taken steps to prepare themselves in the home for severe weather this year.
The survey found that the most common problems caused by winter weather last year were:
:: Road closures (29% of respondents)
:: Being unable to see family and friends (24%)
:: Being stranded at home (14%)
:: Illness (13%)
Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: "Last Christmas many were caught on the hop by the extreme winter weather.
"None of us can predict what conditions will be like this year. But what we can all do is take a set of small, practical steps to ensure that we are prepared."
The British Red Cross is urging the public to join its Ready for Winter campaign and arm themselves with a winter kitbag.
They said vital items included:
:: A list of emergency contact numbers
:: A battery operated torch and spare batteries
:: Any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit
:: Three days' supply of bottled water and ready-to-eat foods that keep
:: Copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates
:: Pencil, paper, a penknife and a whistle
The British Red Cross, which is launching a first aid app, said taking such measures could lighten the load on the emergency services.
The app gives advice on 18 everyday first aid situations.
The survey also revealed that the public are most worried about how the elderly will cope with the weather this Christmas, with 82% showing concern.
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 3 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow to replace sun as arctic air mass moves in
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Russian hack of President Obama's emails worse than previously admitted
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow to replace sun as arctic air mass moves in
Nepal earthquake: US Pastor Tony Miano sparks outcry by suggesting Nepalis should convert and not rebuild their 'pagan shrines'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£18750 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Hotel in Chadderton is a popular ch...
£32969 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is going through a period o...
£35000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Data Engineer is required to ...
£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...