Driving in Winter Weather

With a cold blast of winter upon us it is important for all drivers to be prepared for the conditions.

Here are some tips to get you through this type of weather:

  1. Plan your journey beforehand and don’t go unless it is essential
  2. Check the weather forecast before you set off
  3. Keep your mobile phone well charged so you can make a call in an emergency and get up to date weather reports and traffic reports
  4. Allow extra time for your journey
  5. Clear snow and ice off all the windows and the roof of your car before setting off.It is against the law to have snow on your car.Be aware that most insurance companies will not pay out if your car is stolen with the keys in the ignition if you are outside of the vehicle clearing off the snow.
  6. Check your tyres to see how much tread is on them. The legal minimum is 1.6mm of tread depth however a greater tread depth will mean your tyres are more grippy and you are less likely to skid or lose control.
  7. Make sure your fluids are topped up. Screen wash should be full and to the correct concentration for winter conditions, oil and antifreeze should also be checked.
  8. Consider taking an emergency kit with you.This should include items such as a shovel, boots ,first aid kit, warm drink and some food.Make sure you also have some de icer and possibly a bag of grit as well.

Once you are on the road leave extra clearance to vehicles in front. Your stopping distances are greatly increased in snowy or icy conditions.When you do brake do so gently and early to avoid the risk of skidding.In general avoid sudden braking , acceleration and steering to keep your wheels gripping the road. Using a higher gear and low revs will also help.

Make sure you have more than enough fuel for your journey and tell someone of your intended destination and time of arrival just in case you get into difficulty.

For further information please visit https://www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/drivers/better-driving/winter-tips/

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