Winter driving preparations
Welcome to the next part of the winter driving blog.
We are giving you tips and advice during winter 2011, here we will look at the vital preparation needed before a winter drive…
There are a few ways to prepare your vehicle for the journey ahead on a winter’s day. By following these steps you will reduce the risk of delays, accidents and danger.
Allow ten minutes to prepare your car, so set your alarm earlier. Investing as little as this could save you waiting hours in the cold by the side of the road.
Clear all snow and ice from windows using a scraper and de-icer. Don’t be tempted to simply clear a small hole in front of you. You need the panoramic view from ALL windows and mirrors so make sure you clear them.
Warm keys with a cigarette lighter before inserting in a keyhole. Never breathe on the lock as this will trap moisture in the barrel which could condense and freeze.
There are a few items that are worth having in your car over the winter months. Take some time out in autumn to complete your checklist to staying safe and secure this winter:
• First Aid Kit
• Blankets/warm coats/boots
• Jump leads/tow rope
• Snow shovel
• Warning triangle
An old sack or rug is a good thing to have stored in your boot as this can be placed under wheels that are stuck on ice. Also, make sure your mobile phone has a full charge in case of emergency telephone calls.
Plan routes to make use of more popular roads that are more likely to be gritted in freezing conditions. Make sure you allow time for delays, particularly in adverse weather when visibility is low. Remember, traffic should and will move much slower in bad weather so never drive like you would in normal conditions as you could cause a crash. In particularly adverse weather consider if your journey is really necessary.
Next time snow & ice, hills and automatic cars…