A UK Dash Cam brand has warned motorists about the potential increase in driving incidents due to bad weather this winter.

On Monday, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for the majority of the UK and with heavy flooding and snow forecast to follow, motorists could face some pretty challenging driving conditions.

Nextbase has warned road users to prepare for worst winter yet due to an increase in driving hazards. There were 1,292 deaths and serious injuries were caused by bad weather in 2019 and they believe this figure could be surpassed in 2021.

With adverse weather conditions and the changing of the clocks already reducing daylight hours, motorists must ensure they are ready. On top of the annual winter weather hazards, the post-lockdown effects are still being felt with 47% of motorists themselves admitting they have picked up bad habits during lockdown.

Moreover, a lack of road repair during the pandemic could prove a problem for the many older and less safe cars currently on the road following a surge in the second-hand car market earlier in the year.

Adding to this already dangerous combination of factors, winter weather itself has also been shown to be a major contributor in increasing road incidents in the past. In 2019, an average of 4 deaths and serious injuries a day across the UK were caused, in part, by a ‘slippery road (due to weather)’.

More specifically across North Wales, Stats Wales recorded 658 road accidents in total across North Wales in 2020, with 204 serious injuries and 19 deaths. In 2019, there were 926 road accidents recorded across North Wales, with 275 serious injuries and 18 deaths.

Jason Wakeford, interim head of campaigns for Brake, said: “With winter upon us and wet weather forecast across the UK, drivers must remember that slippery roads require even more careful driving. Stopping distances more than double in the wet and yet many drivers remain unaware of this vital fact which could help prevent a serious collision.

"We urge everyone to slow down when the road is wet and slippery and keep well back from the vehicle in front as rain and winter conditions can make it difficult to see and be seen.”

Bryn Brooker, Head of Road Safety at Nextbase, added, “We are used to seeing a large uptick in accidents in the winter months and this has already started with the days getting shorter. Given the removal of COVID restrictions and a clear national desire to see friends and family we do anticipate a busy winter on the roads and this always leads to more accidents."

For information on driving safe visit: https://www.think.gov.uk/