Used car website Motors.co.uk has found that searches for 4x4s have shot up in the past week, with overall searches for 4x4s up 24% and searches for the iconic British rugged Range Rovers up 282%.
Compared with normal weekly searches, Motors.co.uk found many more searches for several 4x4 models last week. The top 5 increases compared with a normal week were for:
- Any Range Rover 282.8%
- Volvo XC90 189.7%
- BMW X5 135.4%
- Honda CR-V 90.0%
- BMW X3 54.7%
The AA reported that up to 3.45 pm yesterday (Friday) it had received 182 car insurance claims, compared with the 129 average expected for the whole of a typical January Friday. Of those, approaching half (43%) were snow and ice related.
More than a third were claims following collisions with fences, hedges, walls, kerbs, trees and lamp-posts. A third were tail-end crunches and 10 per cent were collisions with oncoming vehicles. Most of the rest involved hitting parked cars. An unfortunate few ended up in deep water - one driver sliding off the road and ending up in a Norfolk dyke.