Baby boomers best prepared for winter driving, IAG NZ survey says

A survey by IAG NZ has revealed how drivers aged 50 to 59 are best prepared for more treacherous road conditions brought on by winter.

IAG’s Safety Meter Index is a quarterly poll designed to track trends in risky behaviour among New Zealanders and measure their understanding of insurance.

The survey showed that nine out of 10 drivers from the so-called baby boomer generation had checked the tread on their vehicle’s tyres in the last six months. The same number also carried a spare tyre and jack in their boot in case of breakdown.

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An impressive 93% of people in the same age group said they had checked their windscreen wipers and refilled their wiper fluid before the turn of the season while 80% confirmed they know how to change a tyre.

Click here to see more results from the survey.

The survey results were used in an article published on Stuff.co.nz that highlights the need for drivers to regularly carry out vital checks on their vehicle in order for their insurance policy to respond in the event of a claim.

The story shares the case of a driver whose car slipped down a gully, prompting him to make a claim with his insurer. The man’s claim was rejected when assessors found the tread on the claimant’s tyres were so shallow, his vehicle would have failed its warrant of fitness.

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