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Stay safe on the roads

Submitted by Nia on 6 December, 2018 - 12:07 with 1 comment

Stay safe on the roads

The cold winter weather often leads to hazardous driving conditions – particularly when ice and snow create extra danger on the roads.

Taking a few minutes to prepare your car for winter could save a lot of time and trouble. It could also reduce your chances of being involved in an accident or break down.
Check your car is in good working order before setting off.
Remember to make sure all of your lights are working and that you have enough fuel for the journey. Also check your tyre treads. They must be at least 1.6mm to be legal. But the deeper they are, the more control you’ll have on snow and ice. Fill your washers with a high-grade screen wash to avoid freezing. Never try to defrost your windscreen with hot water, as it could easily crack. Remember to check the oil and water levels in your engine too.

Before you leave, it’s a good idea to stock up on these winter driving essentials:

  • de-icer
  • ice scraper
  • blanket
  • torch
  • coat and gloves
  • boots
  • old carpet or car mat
  • shovel.

When driving, always leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. Stopping in snow and ice can require ten times the usual distance. Remember to drive slowly. To avoid wheel spinning, accelerate very gently. If you start to skid, pump your brakes to stop the wheels locking.
Ultimately, if the forecast or conditions are bad, only drive if your journey is absolutely necessary.


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Iain Nicolson (not verified) / 18 December, 2018 - 17:20
Beware the 'pumping the brakes' advice - this is the correct procedure only for older vehicles which will not have ABS (anti-lock brakes) however if your car does have ABS (and the vast majority of modern cars do) then DO NOT PUMP the brakes, just maintain a constant pressure on the brake pedal (because the ABS is effectively doing the pumping for you...)

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