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Women drivers are not ready for winter

FEW drivers are well prepared for bad weather this winter -- with women the least ready.

And young motorists are most likely to be caught out by snowy or icy conditions, according to a new survey.

A poll of 20,073 AA members has revealed that 75pc of drivers are little or not prepared for inclement weather this winter, with 80pc of women leaving it to chance when heading out.

Although 50pc of 18 to 34-year-olds reckon a bad winter is likely, as many as 88pc of them are ill-prepared to deal with it.

This compares with 33pc of over-65s who are gearing up for winter by being prepared.

When it comes to thinking about getting prepared, women are doing better than men, with 31pc saying they are at least thinking about it compared with 15pc of men.

An AA spokesman said: "Having the right equipment for winter weather in your car can make the difference between being stranded for hours and getting home safely."