Motorists need to pay special care and attention on the roads when winter driving, to be able to adapt to changing conditions.
Winter weather can have a serious effect on a car’s health, increasing your chances of a breakdown and leaving you exposed to harsher conditions. – So it is important that you drive prepared.
Before starting your journey…here’s your Winter Vehicle Checklist:
All tyre thread depth is correct & ensure all tyre pressures are at the recommended level. Don’t forget to check your spare tyre!
Check all your vehicle lights are clean & in proper working order.
Also a large torch with spare batteries or a wind-up torch which doesn’t require battery power should definitely be among your breakdown kit essentials.
Your windscreen wipers are working and your washer bottle is full with water & suitable anti-freeze solution has been added.
Check your car battery is in good condition & fully charged. It’s also good to bring a portable phone charger and lead just encase your phone battery dies.
Check your car anti-freeze is at the correct strength.
Always have clean and clear windows and mirrors both inside and out before driving.
Always have a can of de-icer & an ice scraper in your car. Also cover your car windscreens with a blanket over night if frost/freezing is forecast.
For long journeys
For long journeys, it’s good to take a flask of hot drink, spare blankets, snacks, sunglasses and a snow shovel.
Your Winter Driving Checklist
- Consider whether your journey is necessary.
- Obtain the latest weather information
- Plan your journey (route and timing), allowing yourself extra time.
- Ensure your eyesight is up to the relevant standard. (Have your eyes checked every 2 years).
- Tell someone your plans.
- When driving, travel slowly at a safe distance from the vehicle in front to avoid harsh breaking or steering.
- When driving always use dipped headlights when visibility is poor.
- It is better to travel a little further on a main road that has been treated with salt than to use untreated minor roads.
- If you must leave your car, arrange to have it recovered as soon as possible. If you think it is in a place that may pose a danger to other road users.