Baby boomer’s best prepared

Baby boomer motorists – drivers aged 50-59 – are best prepared for treacherous conditions according to a new survey by one company offering insurance in New Zealand.

The IAG Safety Meter Index shows nine out of 10 baby boomers had checked the tread on tyres in the last six months ready for the colder weather.

The same number of 50-59-year-olds store a spare tyre and jack in their boot – and more than 80 per cent know how to change a tyre.

The survey, conducted through Neighbourly website in April with 748 sharing their views, is aimed at increasing people’s awareness of how to be safer on the road.

Simple checks

Other results include a vigilant 93 per cent of baby boomers saying they had checked their windscreen wipers – front and rear – and refilled their wiper fluid bottle before the season had even turned.

AMI national technical specialist Chris Kiddey says the survey results are encouraging and show the need for older drivers to pass on their wisdom to the young motorists.

The study also shows driver of all ages are most concerned about their tyres during winter, which could explain why one in eight say they perform regular checks on tyre pressure, tread and spare tyre.

But survey respondents are less concerned over vehicle parts that aren’t so easy to check such as brakes, water level etc.

And 62 per cent of all drivers say they do not routinely check their battery before the change of season.

While 47 per cent say they had not checked their brakes ready for winter either.

And 74.9 per cent say they don’t carry survival items such as extra clothing, food, water and a blanket.

"If your mindset is not prepared for winter driving, it could have a serious impact on driving safety," says Chris.

As result, Chris is sharing some tips before hitting the road this winter.

Helpful tips

Listen to local news and announcements from the authorities and check driveways for ice before using them.

Drive to the conditions and focus on position within the lane as its untravelled borders may cause loss of control.

For example, extra sludge, ice or deeper snow. Remember: any grit spread can help traction but does not provide a surface as safe as a normal dry road, so drive much slower than normal. And make sure your tyres and brakes are in good order.


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