If you didn’t know, we are in the middle of Road Safety Week. So, especially now that blustery weather and icy blasts have kicked in, we thought we’d remind you to keep as safe as possible with these driving tips.
- Try to keep to main, gritted, roads and allow for more journey time in frosty, windy or rainy conditions.
- Keep an eye and ear on the weather forecast before driving to be mindful of road conditions. If the weather is harsh or high winds and flurries of snow are forecast, weigh up whether your trip is necessary.
- Plan for any possibility by making sure you have plenty of warm clothes, food, hot drinks and a blanket in the vehicle in case of an urgent situation.
- Buy an in-car mobile charger and make certain your ‘phone is 100% charged before embarking on your journey.
- Wash down all lights, ensure all bulbs are working, wipe down windows and registration plates before driving off.
- When clearing frost or ice from your windscreen, be aware that hot water could crack the glass. Use a de-icer spray or ice-scraper instead.
- Do not use the windscreen wipers until all the snow or ice has gone as it will result in damage.
- If you don’t want your car stolen, avoid leaving your vehicle unattended with the engine running whilst waiting for it to warm up and defrost.
- If you live in an isolated part of Great Britain or a location susceptible to severe weather conditions, think about whether winter tyres or all-season tyres could be worthwhile.
- Inspect tyre pressures before every long trip and make sure they have a good tread depth.
On The Move
- Adjust your driving to wintry conditions; decrease your speed, give yourself more time to brake, and leave additional room between your car and the one in front. Bear in mind that stopping distances can be up to ten times longer during cold snaps or in rainy weather.
- Should your vehicle start skidding, steadily steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go.
- Use your car’s headlights when visibility is poor, and turn off fog lights once visibility gets better.