Top Tips For Driving in Winter Conditions
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With the dark nights now with us and the likelihood of poorer weather, Autumn and Winter are the seasons that drivers of all vehicles should take even more care in. As there is a chance of it raining or snowing, drivers should be prepared for harder journeys and here is a guide for driving in Winter Conditions and how to minimise the risk of having an accident.
4 Tips for Driving in Rainy conditions
- Stopping distances need to be twice the amount as normal. Tyre treads should be at least 3mm and air pressure per the manufacturers recommendations.
- Drive smoothly, brake gently and use dipped headlights
- If a road is flooded, avoid the deepest water near the curb or avoid completely if possible
- If your vehicle starts to aquaplane, take your foot off the accelerator and slow down to let the tyres make contact with the road surface.
11 Top Tips for Driving in Snow/ice conditions
- It is recommended that you leave yourself more time to prepare before setting off in your vehicle in poor conditions and this should include a check that your lights are working, clean and muck free.
- Make sure that your windscreen is fully clear of muck, snow or ice.
- Do not start the trip until snow and ice is cleared off all other windows and your mirrors and ensure that your windows are demisted.
- Be mindful of snow sliding down on your windscreen during braking so clear snow off the vehicle roof before you set off.
- Rear wheel drive vehicles operate better on snow and ice if there is additional weight in the boot of the car.
- Ensure that your vehicle battery is in good condition as battery problems are the most common cause of winter breakdowns.
- Regular maintenance/inspection should become part of your routine eg make sure there is windscreen washer fluid in the windscreen wash reservoir to prevent the water freezing.
- Plan your route in advance allowing for more major roads as these are often gritted or clearer.
- Listen to weather forecasts and travel bulletins.
- Adjust your schedule to allow for longer travelling times.
- Keep an ice scraper and de–icer in the vehicle so you can clear the windscreen.
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