Do You Have Any Tips For Winter Driving?
10 top winter driving tips – Be safe
Collected from the AA, BBC and the Highways Agency
Snow and Ice can increase stopping distances by 10 times; so gentle manoeuvres are recommended while driving in ice and snow to help you avoid skidding.
1. The legal limit for your tyre tread is 1.6mm, however in very heavy weather this may not be sufficient to dispel the water efficiently and a tread depth of 3mm is advisable. Make sure your tyre’s are inflated to the correct pressure too!
2. Screenwash – Use the real thing. Do not use washing-up liquid and water as it will freeze and be of little use.
3. Before setting out - If you are going on a long journey or your car is less reliable than you’d like it to be, a bar of chocolate and a flask of your favourite warm drink will be most welcome in the event of a breakdown.
4. Check and replace anti-freeze.
5. Clean your lights and check the bulbs.
6. Things to carry
c. Jump Leads
e. Warning Sign
7. Check weather updates for your entire journey before you leave.
8. Clear snow from the roof of your car as this can slip down your windscreen and obscure your view and create a hazard for other road users.
9. If you have an older car and use something to insulate the engine hang something from your steering wheel to remind you to remove it before you start the car, thus avoiding a call to the fire brigade.
10. Bodywork – Wash the car regularly to remove deposit of dirt and salt, remember that wet and damp weather are the ideal breeding grounds for rust.
Remember that you can be fined up to £2,500 and receive 3 penalty points if the police consider your car to be a danger to other road users.
For more infomation see the Highways Agency Leaflet on Driving in Severe Weather.