Motoring in the winter is a completely different ball game from any other season, which means drivers need to keep some key things in mind to help keep them safe through these tricky months. Unlike larger vehicles that have built in snow tracks or those without standard wheels as the ones you can test in Tank Driving days, like the ones from https://www.armourgeddon.co.uk/tank-driving-experience.html, your traditional car oft slips and slides its way across an icy or snowy road.
Here are our top winter driving tips to help keep you safely on the road.
Tip #1 – Keep your vehicle in top condition
Ideally, you will go into winter having already had the car serviced, the tyres checked for wear, with a fully charged battery, no missing light bulbs and the usual oil and water checks. Even so, you need to check most of these things at least weekly, and things like tyres before each journey if possible. Batteries can be fickle in the winter so if you tend to do lots of short runs with heavy demands on yours, consider removing it to be charged at the mains at some point.
Tip #2 – Carry an emergency survival kit with you
Use an old bag to store potential life-saving items should you break down. Include a blanket, bottled water, warm clothes, de-icing equipment, a torch and batteries, and food (think protein bars). Plus perhaps a spare cell phone battery/charger, and a first aid kit – https://www.aol.co.uk/2018/03/01/top-five-winter-driving-tips/?guccounter=1.
Tip #3 – Allow plenty of time for journeys
Include enough time to prepare the vehicle before you actually start driving. It is against the law to drive without full visibility so take the time to clear snow from the entire car and ice from all windows, mirrors and lights. Anti-fogging wipes can help keep windows and windscreens clear too. During a winter journey you are likely to be driving at a slower speed and face delays, obstructions and diversions, so leaving extra time helps reduce panics.
Tip #4 – Check you are fully covered
Is your breakdown cover paid up and adequate? Are you satisfied with the insurance cover you have on your car? Specialist cover like motor trade insurance is important as business and personal policies may cover different things. You should ensure that you have the correct cover for your needs.
Tip #5 – Take a refresher course
If you are unfamiliar with winter driving or feel nervous about it, take a refresher with an understanding instructor, and learn about how to control your car in tricky weather and road conditions.