posted 5 years ago

Winter Driving Tips

Winter is now here and Christmas is just around the corner, an unbelievable 77% of motorists do not check their car for repairs and maintenance for the winter months

Winter is now here and Christmas is just around the corner, an unbelievable 77% of motorists do not check their car for repairs and maintenance for the winter months and long journeys. Overlooking necessary car maintenance before travelling could result in dangerous driving and even breaking the law.

Tyres should be kept in good condition and properly inflated, it is extremely important when roads are slippery and visibility poor. Your car engine is under greater stress during the cold weather, to protect it keep your oil at the correct level. Check your windscreen wash, don’t run out and run the risk of dangerously poor vision on dark mornings and foggy days. Don’t use warm water to de-ice your windscreen use a proper scraper or de-icer. Hot water from the kettle could lead to a cracked windscreen, which could be costly. Remember anti-freeze it is essential protection for your radiator in cold weather.

Last year the snow caused tremendous problems with travelling, don’t be caught out this year, carry rescue equipment in the car throughout the winter this should include the following, high-energy food, plenty of water, a blanket and waterproof clothing, any medication you might need if you get stuck in your car for any length of time. A fully-charged mobile phone or money for a phone box, jump leads but follow instructions in your car manual for use, a tow rope, first aid kit and a bright torch with long life or spare batteries.

 

I find it hard to fathom that a motoring website runs an article on winter driving tips and fails to mention either winter tyres, snow chains or snow socks. come on guys, this is your job, do it properly!

Winter essentials to get yourself out of a cold pickle!

AND SNOW SOCKS to get you out of trouble on snow or ice. But take them off when you get onto tarmac.

Make sure when clearing snow and ice from windscreen that wipers are not frozen to windscreen, Free off with de-icer otherwise if switched on can blow fuse then wipers will not work

The IAM have a good website for winter driving advice at www.drivingadvice.org.uk

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