Take a look at some winter driving tips on how to stay safe when driving in the big freeze.
Make sure you have an emergency bag ready. Kit it out with emergency food and water, warm clothing and a first aid kit. You should also keep in mind essentials that will help your car in an emergency. A tow strap, jump leads and a shovel are all, key in an emergency.
Stay home – Be smart and end your journey if the weather is bad. If you are too far from home, find a local hotel to stay until the weather improves.
Stopping Distance – When driving, consider your stopping distance. In wet slippery conditions, your stopping distance is considerably decreased. Increase the distance in which you would follow cars to account for this.
Poor visibility – Snow, rain and hail can also cause poor visibility so keep that in mind when driving.
Drive carefully – Drive slower than you usually would and account for the lack of traction on the road.
If things get difficult – Keep calm when driving on slippery roads. Frantically driving whilst spinning or skidding can cause things to get much worse.
Check your tyres – Do you have suitable well-inflated tyres with a good grip? If not, why not get winter tyres? Check over your tyre pressure and keep a tyre chain in your boot if you are driving in an area prone to deep snow.
Do you have plenty of fuel for your journey? – To ensure you don’t get stranded in harsh conditions, keep your fuel tank above halfway.
Never drive tired – Take regular breaks and pay extra attention to what’s around you.
Check the forecast – Plan your journey around the weather, avoid driving out in potentially dangerous conditions if you can help it. Also whilst you are driving, regularly check weather updates so that you can make a detour if need be.
Charge your phone – Before you set off for a long journey make sure you charge your phone and let people know where and when you are going.
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