• Preparing for Winter Driving

    Winter is nearly here. To help you stay safe here are a few things you could consider.

    Windscreen and windows

    It is vital to ensure that you see properly. Therefore, you need to make sure your windscreen, windows and mirrors are all free from grit and dust.

    To keep the windscreen clear it is vital to make sure that the screenwash tank is full with a strong mixture of a good quality screenwash additive to prevent the screenwash from freezing. Also, check the condition of the wiper rubbers because if they are damaged or worn this will prevent them from cleaning the screen effectively and you will end up with streaks on the windscreen.

    Tyres

    Apart from the usual tyre checks to the pressures, make sure that your tyres have sufficient tread. The legal minimum tread depth limit for tyres is 1.6 mm, but it is recommended by road safety organisations to have a minimum of 3mm tread depth to help disperse water that is on the road.

    When doing your tyre safety checks also look at the sidewalls and if you have a spare tyre make sure that this is safe and legal to use.

    Journey planning

    Before you set off, plan your journey carefully and if your route is going to take you into areas that are going to be exposed to the elements, or could be prone to flooding, it could be useful to keep up-to-date with local weather and traffic reports.

    The most important thing to take on any journey is a charged mobile phone. Always make sure that you have the number of your car breakdown recovery provider and your membership number to hand so you can always call for help in the event of needing assistance.

    Let other people know your planned route and keep them informed of your whereabouts and the time that anticipate being at your destination. Inform them if you get delayed.

    Some other safety supplies to take with you:

    • A hi-vis vest to make you visible if you break down.

    • A blanket to keep you warm.

    • Some food (for example nutrition bars or bananas) and a flask of hot tea or coffee.

    • A torch.

    • A first aid kit.

    • A warning triangle.

    • Some jump leads.

    • Decent sturdy outdoor footwear and other warm clothing.

    • If it’s going to be snowy, you could consider taking a spade or shovel.

    Snow

    It can be extremely dangerous if snow blows off your roof when you’re driving along, so make sure your bonnet, roof and boot lid are clear from snow before setting off. This is not just for your own safety and the safety of other road users but also you could face prosecution if you get caught by the Police.

    Keep your car clean

    The salt used to de-ice roads can cause corrosion so cleaning your car on a regular basis throughout the winter months will help prevent corrosion setting in.

    Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions regarding driving.

Office: 07585 335 817

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