Winter Driving Advice
- Plan your route - check ahead that roads are clear and always let someone know where you’re going and expected to arrive. Leave plenty of time and DON’T RUSH!
- Check your car before setting off – ample fuel, oil, anti-freeze coolant, screenwash and tyre levels / pressures. Lights, indicators and wiper blades are fully operational.
- Double your distance and drop your speed – icy, wet and snowy conditions can make it much harder to stop in an emergency. Pay attention to advance weather warnings.
- Use your lights – so other drivers can see you easily. Stay attentive and minimise distractions where possible.
- Pack the essentials in case of an emergency: torch, de-icer and scraper, warm and reflective clothing, jump leads, first aid kit, food and water
- Keep it clean! - Washing your car and applying a fresh coat of wax can help protect against ice, salt, sand and slush. Cleaning the underside can also help avoid rusting. Regular washing through winter helps keep the windshield, mirrors and lights clean, ensuring better vision for you whilst driving.
- Check your wipers – as the weather changes and we encounter ice and snow, it’s important to have properly fitted wiper blades to keep your windscreen clear.
- Check your tyres – as temperatures fall, tyre pressure may drop making tyres susceptible to damage. Winter tyres really help, above all make sure you have plenty of tread on your tyres.
- Change your oil – colder temperatures can cause oil to thicken and can create problems. Changing the oil helps it flow more easily through your engine and helps your car to start with ease.