GOODWILL TOWARDS FELLOW ROAD USERS DECREASES AS DRIVERS DEMONSTRATE A LACK OF FESTIVE CHEER

Goodwill among drivers towards other road users is not only in short supply but declining at this time of year according to new research.

A study by Halfords Autocentres into how winter affects behaviour behind the wheel has found that over a third of drivers (38%) believe aggressive and inconsiderate driving actually worsens – up from a fifth (20%) last year.

The research also showed that two thirds of drivers (64%) believe unnecessary risk taking including speeding and inappropriate overtaking increases. Whilst a third (34%) of drivers also expressed concern about instances of drink driving rising during the winter.

Stefan Warhaftig from Halfords Autocentres said: “Far from festive cheer bringing out the spirit of goodwill in motorists, our research shows that the winter appears to have the opposite effect.

“Behaviour such as tailgating and using car horns or lights to intimidate other road users actually increases as we near Christmas – so we’re urging drivers to be more courteous and remember that winter road conditions can be challenging enough without the ill-mannered behaviour of some drivers making things worse.”

Stefan Warhaftig added: “Perhaps unsurprisingly almost half of motorists (48%) are anxious or frightened about driving at this time of year – up slightly from last year (44%) despite the relatively mild temperatures.

“So, to give motorists more confidence and help them stay safe we have created a handy Winter Survival Guide that provides information on scenarios from preparing your car for winter, to avoiding a skid and administering first aid following a collision.”

To download a free copy of the Winter Survival Guide or read the advice in full visit http://www.halfordsautocentres.com/advice/news/winter-survival-guide.

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Media contacts:

Vicky Coyle or Josh Roberts, Grayling, T: 0121 265 7070E: vicky.coyle@grayling.com / josh.roberts@grayling.com

Notes to Editors:

Winter driving survey conducted for Halfords Autocentres by TLF Research during October 2014. Findings based on 2024 respondents.

About Halfords Autocentres

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Being independent means that we deliver dealership quality work at more affordable prices for any make or model of car. We offer a price match guarantee and a minimum guarantee of 12 months or 12,000 miles on work carried out (See website for terms and conditions).

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Halfords is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, cycling and leisure products and, through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operators. Halfords customers shop at 465 stores in the UK and ROI and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices. The Halfords group strategy is based on three pillars: · Supporting Drivers Of Every Car · Inspiring Cyclists Of Every Age · Equipping Families For Their Leisure Time The Getting Into Gear strategy for the Retail business is based on executing in five key areas in order to deliver a significantly-enhanced customer experience: · Service Revolution · The H Factor · Stores Fit to Shop · 21st Century Infrastructure · Click with the Digital Future Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 9,000 product lines in store, increasing to around 160,000 Retail products online. The Retail offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycling products, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes and camping equipment. Halfords’ own cycling brands include Apollo, Carrera and Boardman cycles, augmented by a range of other brands of cycles and accessories, including Kona, Mongoose, Raleigh and Pinarello. In Auto, the Halfords Essentials and Halfords Enhanced ranges are sold alongside brands such as Generic Electric, Bosch, Garmin and TomTom. The Retail Auto offering was recently augmented by the introduction of Car Parts Direct, a service delivering rapid customer access to around 130,000 car parts. In Travel Solutions, Halfords sells a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Vango and Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a service for cycles.

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A third of drivers (38%) believe aggressive and inconsiderate driving actually worsens at this time of year.
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Far from festive cheer bringing out the spirit of goodwill in motorists, our research shows that the winter appears to have the opposite effect.
Stefan Warhaftig from Halfords Autocentres
Behaviour such as tailgating and using car horns or lights to intimidate other road users actually increases as we near Christmas.
Stefan Warhaftig from Halfords Autocentres