Staying safe whilst driving this winter
As snow begins to fall and the seasons change, so do the driving conditions.
Indeed, both you and your vehicle can suffer serious consequences without proper preparations for wintertime travels. Steer clear of slippery mishaps and stay warm on the road with this guidance:
- Pack the essentials—You face a greater risk of your car breaking down or being stuck in traffic when driving in the winter, according to industry experts. With this in mind, it’s critical to keep emergency items in the car in case of extended delays or disasters. Consider having a winter driving kit with the following items:
- Warm clothing, such as a coat, hat, gloves and thick socks
- Winter weather equipment, such as an ice scraper, warning triangle, spare bulbs, shovel, grit, snow chains and torch
- Essential items, such as a mobile phone charger, food, water, first-aid kit, important medications and sat-nav
- Prepare your vehicle — Set your vehicle up for winter driving success by making sure it is equipped to handle the conditions. This includes having winter tyres, ensuring a functioning car battery and lights, replacing worn wiper blades, using Vaseline on rubber door seals to prevent them from freezing shut, topping up on antifreeze and screen wash, and always keeping at least a quarter tank of fuel in case of road delays.
- Drive with caution — No matter how confident you are with driving in the wintertime, always take precautions when travelling on snow and ice. Wear comfortable and dry shoes, leave extra space between you and the car in front of you, reduce your speed early and gently when braking, and take extra caution when travelling on hills or around bends, as loss of control is a high risk.
- Breakdown Cover – make sure that you are prepared for the worst and have breakdown cover for your vehicles with Thompson Brothers Insurance.