It’s Christmas! Well at least it is weather wise, and as you may have noticed driving can be a nightmare around this time of year.
With most people making getting presents their priority some forget about the importance of road safety.
Here at Perry’s we can’t help but stress how important it is to be safe and prepared on the road. Below are a few tips and advice compliment of IAM with things to remember on the road and before you set off.
Firstly, though it may seem obvious, make sure your windows are cleared and you have all-round visibility. Also clear the snow off your roof because it can slide onto your windscreen.
Getting your speed right is essentially. If you drive too fast you will skid and lose control, but drive too slow and risk losing momentum and getting stuck. Make sure when you are setting off you start slowly then build into speed as you can risk wheel spinning on an icy road.
If you ever find yourself going too fast or taking a wrong turn remember to take your foot off the pedals instead of trying to control the cars speed because chances are the ice won’t let you do anything to stop and will just worsen your situation. But, if you can’t steer out the way of danger then you can use the brake, but only if 100 per cent necessary.
Remember to plan your journey and avoid taking short cuts down minor roads. If you don’t you can end up on a road that is un-gritted, and therefore put yourself in danger, especially in country roads or housing areas.
If you do end up coming off the road, god forbid, it is important to remember that you need to protect yourself. If you’re going to call for road side assistance stand away from the road and your vehicle as you can put yourself in danger.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “Avoid travelling unless completely necessary, and don’t ignore police warnings or advice to not travel on specific routes. Can you work remotely, or change your schedule?”