This time of year brings many hazards on the roads and one of the main culprits is the good ol’ British weather. With it comes a multitude of hazardous driving conditions such as wind, heavy rain, storms, ice & snow. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe on the roads this winter
1) Keep your fuel tank topped up, in case of any emergencies or you are caught out by the weather, you will have enough fuel to make it home.
2) Check your brakes regularly
3) Register with a roadside recovery and breakdown service such as the AA
4) In icy conditions, start your car gently from stationary, avoiding high revs
5) In areas where weather is extremely bad, ensure that your tyres are inflated correctly and have a minimum of 3mm of tread to cope with wet and slippery conditions. Moreover, one should consider purchasing winter tyres which are designed to grip better in icy, wet and snowy conditions – you can buy cheap car tyres online from Point S tyre dealers
6) Give your car a good run to top up your battery
7) Inform others where you are going
8) Keep your screen wash topped up at the right concentration to prevent it freezing
9) Check windscreen wipers and replace as necessary
10) Keep some safety essentials in your car such as warm clothing, a blanket, a torch, a high visibility jacket, a first aid kit and snacks and water.
11) Clear all snow and ice off of your car before setting off but do not use hot water, as that can crack your windscreen. It’s always handy to invest in a good ice scraper. We’ve had occasions when a bank card has had to do
12) Check all bulbs on your car are working correctly
13) Always put safety before punctuality by allowing extra time for winter journeys
14) Try to plan your journeys ahead of time and try to use more popular gritted routes when available
Stay safe this winter!