Now that we’re well in the swing of winter our minds often turn to the dreaded drives in the snow and ice. In a country full of narrow roads and hilly areas, driving in icy conditions is dangerous and causes thousands of accidents every year. Here we share our best tips for winter driving.

Pay For Some Decent Winter Tyres

Winter tyres? Yes, there really is such a thing. They use a different rubber to maintain their flexibility when temperatures drop. This helps your car with handling and braking. Often with deeper or specially shaped treads, winter tyres have improved grip and traction to ensure your safety. Tyres aren’t cheap and we know that it’s not something that everybody can afford to do. However, you should deeply consider it if you know you’ll be using your car throughout winter. It will also be worth thinking about it you live somewhere remote or where the roads don’t get gritted effectively or at all.

You may be thinking that there’s no point as you may not even need them. However, when you do find yourself having to drive in the icy conditions, you’ll thank yourself for choosing to invest. If you decide against winter tyres, make sure that your existing tyres are in good condition. They should have a decent amount of tread (3mm minimum). Tyre pressure shouldn’t drop as this can seriously impact on the handling and grip of your car.

Black Ice

Black ice is difficult to see, especially when driving. You need to concentrate fully when driving and use your instincts to adapt your driving.  Our top tips for staying safe in areas with black ice are:

  • Be extra cautious in remote areas as well as roads with shaded sections and ones that aren’t used frequently.
  • Did you know that stopping distances are 10 times longer in the snowy and icy weather. Keep this in mind when driving in the ice and snow.
  • Always check the temperature before you start your journey. Black ice forms when temperatures are at their lowest.
  • If you do happen to hit black ice, keep your steering wheel straight and maintain your speed. Whatever you do, do not brake. If you do need to slow down, do so by going down the gears. Avoid sudden movements that may cause your car to become unstable.

Keep An Emergency Kit In Your Car

The UK winters are always tricky to predict but it’s important to always be prepared. Keeping an emergency kit in your is always a good idea. However, during the winter it’s essential. Think about who will be in your car, where you’ll be travelling to and what you’ll need if you do happen to either crash or breakdown in the cold temperatures. Here’s what we’d suggest keeping in a winter emergency kit:

  • Blankets and warm winter clothing. Think hats, scarves, gloves, socks, coats and extra layers. Make sure there’s enough for everyone.
  • Non-perishable food. We’d include energy bars, cereal bars, crisps etc.
  • Welly boots or any footwear you’d be able to walk safely in during the snow and ice.
  • A torch with spare batteries.
  • An ice scraper and de-icer
  • Water – do remember this has the potential to freeze though. Maybe take a warm flask of something with you when you leave the house.
  • A first aid kit – make sure it’s stocked up well at all times

 

Keep Up-To-Date With Travel And Weather Warnings

During the winter weather it’s vital that you keep updated on the forecasts for your area and wherever you might be travelling to. You can never predict what the weather is going to do and it can change quickly during the winter. If you know the forecast and check it regularly, it will reduce the stress of your journey. A lot of weather apps will have the facility to deliver weather alerts so that you are always aware of any changes to the forecast.

If you’d like more information on our winter maintenance services, get in touch today!

 

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