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Driving Safe In The Winter Time

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Driving throughout the winter can be difficult and depending on how harsh the winter weather gets, at times it can even get dangerous. At Drive Safe & Legal, we want everyone to stay safe throughout the colder season and have a positive winter driving experience – which is why we’ve devised a list of helpful winter driving safety tips.

Read on to find some useful information on how to stay safe while driving in the winter time.

Vision & Visibility

Harsh winter weather can affect your vision and vehicle visibility quite significantly, but if you take care you can still ensure safety for yourself and other drivers.

Keep Your Windscreen Clean & Clear

It’s important to keep your windscreen clean and clear inside and out. This will keep your vision at its best while ensuring you avoid getting any fines. You should also remember to use some antifreeze in your screen wash to keep windows clear, and remove any snow from the roof of your car to avoid it dropping down onto your window and obstructing your view while on the road.

Invest In Some New Wiper Blades

Every now and then wiper blades wear out and begin to perform poorly. In the winter time this can be dangerous; your wiper blades are very important for keeping your vision clear while driving under harsh weather conditions. If your wipers aren’t working to their best, invest in some new ones ready for the harsh winter weather.

Batteries & Electric

Temperatures can get very low in the winter which puts extra strain on your batteries and electric, here are a few things to take into account now that the winter is upon us.

Starting Up Your Car in the Cold

It may sound simple, but starting up your car can actually be a challenge in the winter. Here are some tips if you’re struggling to get it running on an icy morning:

  • Turn off all electrical loads before you leave your car, that way there won’t be any extra strain on the starter when you start up your car in the morning
  • Use the starter in short five second bursts when your car is struggling to start
    • If your car doesn’t start initially, leave a thirty-second break period between attempts.

Consider Replacing the Battery

If you have been experiencing some of the issues above due to a weak or old battery, perhaps consider investing in a new battery. They won’t set you back a fortune and they’ll take away a lot of the stress of starting up your car on frosty mornings.

Driving In Snow & Ice

Driving in the snow and ice is tricky, and it’s important to understand the dangers so that you can maximise your chances of driving through the winter free of any problems.

Check Your Tyres

Every driver knows how important it is to keep a safe grippy reliable set of tyres on their vehicle. In the winter time, low temperatures cause ice and frost to build up on the roads which reduces traction and increases the need for a grippy set of tyres. Check your tyres to make sure they have a substantial level of grip left on them to stay safe in the winter.

Be Aware

As driving conditions change there are a few very important changes that you need to make to your driving in order to stay safe.

  • Stopping Distances are 10x longer in snow and ice than that of dry weather, so you need to drive slower and leave large gaps between vehicles.
  • Pull away in second gear raising your foot slowly from the clutch to avoid wheel-spinning on ice.
  • When you have to apply your brakes, do it gently to avoid locking up and sliding.

These aren’t the only things you need to know when driving in the winter, but they are some very important tips to keep in mind. If you need to find out more information about winter driving, there are lots of sites on the internet providing valuable winter driving information.

Get Out & About On The Roads

Hopefully you’ve learnt a thing or two from these handy winter driving safety tips that’ll help to make your winter driving experience a little safer and easier.

If you need any further assistance on driving in the harsh weather of the cold season, call us on 01905 677555.

 

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