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Motorists 'unprepared for winter'

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The British Red Cross is advising motorists to take precautions to mitigate against treacherous driving conditions on the roads, after the global voluntary network found that only 20% of drivers have undertaken any preparation for the winter.

Of the 2,000 UK motorists questioned in the British Red Cross poll, fewer than two in five said adequate steps have been taken to ensure that their homes are ready for the extreme winter weather.

Nearly 50% of Britons said 2010's big freeze had a negative impact on their Christmas.

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."

As part of its Ready for Winter campaign, the British Red Cross has advised motorists to equip themselves with a winter kitbag, which includes key items such as a list of emergency contact numbers, a torch and spare batteries, any essential medication, a first aid kit, and food and water that could last for three days.

It is also important to carry copies of car insurance policies and other important documents.

© Press Association 2011