Most drivers do not check if the road is icy before driving
57% of drivers admit that in minus degrees, when starting to drive, they do not check whether the road is icy. 32% of them are aware that it should be checked, 22% do not do it because they believe that they always drive carefully, and 3% emphasize that the icing check is not essential. 43% of drivers, when driving in minus degrees, always check for icing - first by braking sharply or accelerating, according to the data of the "Carlsberg 0.0 responsible driving index".
Compared to last year's survey data, it is possible to conclude that the number of drivers who check road icing is decreasing - if in 2021 45% of drivers did it, then this year - 42%. Similar to last year, this year's survey also confirms that men (47%) check the condition of the road surface more often than women (38%).
"In winter conditions, the road surface can be very variable, so it is necessary to monitor the outside air temperature in order to understand whether icing is possible. Determining the condition of the road before starting the trip allows the driver to adjust in time and adjust the driving style to the specific conditions. It is important to monitor the situation and make sure about the state of the road surface along the entire route. Also, the ability to control the car in different surface conditions is of great importance, but it can only be learned through practice," says Jānis Vanks, director of the Safe Driving School.
Drivers aged 60 to 74 (48%) and 40 to 49 (48%) check whether the road is icy before driving, while drivers aged 18 to 29 (38%) are the least likely to check. Analyzing the data regionally, it can be concluded that the drivers of Vidzeme (49%) and Pieriga (47%) are the most conscientious, while the drivers of Kurzeme (36%) check the condition of the road the least.
It is important to remember that icing on the roads also forms in conditions of intense snowfall, because then the layer of snow on the road is approached and melts from below, but when the temperature drops, it freezes. Also, icing often forms in higher places exposed to the wind and cools the fastest, for example on bridges and viaducts. In cities, icing most often forms at street intersections, bends, and on driveways.
"Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index" is a study of the non-alcoholic beer "Carlsberg 0.0" made in cooperation with the Safe Driving School and Research Center Norstat. 1,000 Latvian residents aged 18 to 74 participated in the study, which was conducted in September 2022. The study was conducted with the aim of promoting responsible driving and understanding of what creates additional risks on the roads and how to prevent them.