The gritters were out and about last night which can only mean one thing – snow!
We enjoyed a relatively warm and prolonged summer this year so could we be in for a merciless winter?
Every winter without fail in the UK there’s havoc on the roads during icey periods, as well as an increase in car thefts due to people leaving their car unattended whilst deicing, and motorists not being fully prepared for the dangerous conditions.
Deakin & Francis provide our winter weather tips to ensure you’re not left out in the cold.
Winter Car Checks
– When the temperature drops, so does the pressure in your tyres so be sure to check the pressure regularly and top up where needed
– Ensure your screen wash is filled with a screen wash that contains antifreeze to prevent it from turning to ice on cold mornings
– Check your windscreen wiper blades are working correctly before journeys. British weather can be terribly unpredictable and you wouldn’t want to hit a snow storm with ineffective wiper blades
– Top up your antifreeze so it’s a 50/50 mix in the water cooling system
– Clear all snow. Many motorists only clear the snow from their windows in a haste to get out of the cold. Leaving snow on the roof of your car can cause obstructions for other road users as well as hampering your own view
– Remember to clear the snow from your lights so that you are visible to other drivers and you can see further ahead
– Check oil levels before any long journeys
– Always have at least half a tank of petrol during winter months in case of detours and traffic
– Leave at least 10 minutes early to allow for slower speeds, longer stopping distances and hazards
– When deicing your car before a journey never leave your car unattended with the engine running. Keep a deicing spray and ice scraper in the car ready
– Keep a spare pair of shoes in the car which will be clean and dry to avoid slipping on the pedals
– Stay fully alert and aware of hazards which may not be as visible in icey conditions
– Avoid harsh braking and accelerate gradually to reduce wheel spin
Keep an emergency kit in your car when bad weather is forecast
– Warm clothes, gloves, scarves and a blanket
– A Torch and batteries
– Sand or salt for extra grit when needed
– Water and snacks
– A Shovel
– Extra screen wash
– Ice scraper
– Thick cardboard/ sand sack to place under tyres to regain traction in thick snow
– Fully charged mobile phone
– First aid kit
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