With Christmas around the corner, it won’t be long until icy blasts are once again upon us. That’s why we’ve come up with some straightforward driving advice to keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads.
Check what grip you have when motoring in cold weather. Road conditions can alter quickly in winter. So, apply your car’s brakes with mild pressure to establish the available grip and adjust your driving, if necessary.
Poorly inflated tyres not only compromise your ability to brake and move safely, but they also use up more fuel and wear out more quickly. Information on your vehicle’s tyre pressures can be found on the inside of the door pillars, in the car’s manual or inside your fuel filler flap.
The legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm. Pop a 20p coin into the tread of the tyre; if the border of the coin can be seen, it’s time to get some new tyres.
Increase available traction by separating driving manoeuvres when navigating a bend. Brake to a suitable speed while driving in a straight line before the corner. This enables you to use all the car’s accessible grip for negotiating the turn. Speed up progressively when you are able to straighten the steering wheel at the exit of the curve.
Avoid Cruise Control
Steer clear of cruise control in icy, wet, or snowy weather. Keep control of acceleration and deceleration always.
Safety Comes First
Try not to drive in severe weather conditions if possible. Your safety, and the well-being of your passengers, comes first.
Preparation Is Key
Perrys’ motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, added: “Driving in winter is something we must all get ready for. It’s therefore vital to not only prepare our cars, but also ourselves when the weather conditions go downhill.”