As the weather turns colder, we thought it would be a good time to share our tips on driving safely during the Winter months. Even experienced drivers can struggle with fewer daylight hours and poor driving conditions making the roads more dangerous than usual.
Before you set off
- Make sure you have sufficient tread on your tyres and consider switching to all-season or winter tyres if you’ll be making regular journeys during poor weather conditions. The legal minimum tread is 1.6mm, although grip is reduced on less than 3mm so it may be worth replacing your tyres sooner than planned.
- Ensure your front and rear lights are working and not covered in snow. It’s also important to ensure that both number plates are visible too.
- Check your fluids. Check your cars manually to see if your antifreeze will need topping up and ensure you have enough fuel for the journey.
- Clear your windows and mirrors thoroughly. We recommend clearing snow off your roof first and it can fall on to the windscreen once the vehicle is moving. All your windows and mirrors should be clear of condensation, ice or snow and invest in an ice scraper and de-icer to keep in the car too.
- Don’t be tempted to use boiling water to defrost your windscreen, as in extreme temperatures hot water freezes quicker than cold, so you may add a fresh layer of ice. Water dripping on the floor may also freeze and become slippery too.
- It’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you get stuck somewhere. Consider keeping a bag in the boot which contains -jump leads or a battery pack, warm clothes and sturdy shoes, a warning triangle, a torch (with spare batteries), a battery pack and charging lead for your phone, a first aid kit and a shovel.