Winter Driving Tips
Author: Select Car Leasing Date: 03-01-2017
We’ve come up with top tips that you should know while driving in winter to keep you safe and enjoy hassle free motoring!
Driving in winter weather and on snowy roads is very different than many other times of the year. Driving in dark narrow roads during this period is particularly hazardous. In this snowy weather, you need to take more precautions.
We’ve made a lists to help you cope better with the weather and potentially hazardous situations.
Prepare your vehicle
First of all, it would be advisable to get your vehicle fully tested and serviced for complete peace of mind. In addition, you should make regular checks every time before embarking on any long journey -
- All the lights should be clean and working
- Brakes are working properly
- Battery is fully charged
- Tyre condition, trade depth must be legal limit.
- Brake fluid, battery level & screen wash should be checked and re-stocked regularly and before a long journey.
Plan a journey
It’s important to check weather and road maps to ensure your travel plan. You can find weather conditions on local/national weather broadcasts and travel bulletins. Don’t travel if the journey is not essential. However, if the journey can’t be avoided then don’t forget to carry the recommend things below –
- Tow rope
- Car blanket, warm clothes
- First aid kit
- Foods and drinks
- Mobile phone charger
- De-icing equipment
There will always likely be delays due to icy, slippery roads a collision or any road works so always allow extra time for winter journeys.
Driving in snow
Driving in snow definitely would be different than any other weather conditions.
- Drive slow as the chances of skidding are much greater and your stopping distance will increase massively.
- Avoid overtaking, harsh braking/acceleration or sharp steering.
- Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front; it may need up to 10 times than normal distance braking.
- Don’t do tailgating – keep your distance.
- Use dipped headlights in reduced visibility.
- In an event of skidding, it is a good idea to gently test your brakes and steering to ensure its working properly.
- Stay aware of your surroundings
- Don’t stop going up a hill and drive slow down the hill.
In event of breakdown -
Breaking down in the middle of road is definitely inconvenient, but also highly dangerous & can be expensive. Research says that breakdowns more likely to occur in winter. There are a few precautions to be aware of:
- First of all, put your hazard lights on
- Pull over your vehicle as soon as it safe to do so! On motorways, try to pull out left on the hard shoulder.
- On the motorway, look out for the driver location sign to help your operator.
We hope, you enjoyed our winter driving tips and wish you safe and happy motoring!
Stay alert, slow down and stay in control!