Extreme weather – even in the UK – should never be underestimated. Although we appear to be some way away from the first fall of snow, GWA highlight some of the main problems and offer some simple steps to take to driving safely in winter months.
If you use your vehicle for work, particularly business drivers, you get into it almost every day and expect it to work come rain or shine – or freeze!
According to Highways England 63% of drivers never check their anti-freeze, water or oil before setting off on a journey in winter and almost half of drivers do not carry out any winter checks at all.
It only takes a few minutes to make a few important checks:
It is also well worth preparing an emergency kit in case of a breakdown. This may feel excessive now, but travelling with items such as spare warm clothing, a thermos, some food, and a torch, could be real comfort – if not a lifesaver.
Check your tyre tread is at least 2mm in depth and tyres are correctly inflated for winter driving.
Check washer fluid and wipers to ensure a clear view.
Check online to assess weather and road conditions before a long journey
Drive slower in bad weather, increasing your stopping distance
Minimise distractions, such as hands-free or loud music, when driving in hazardous conditions to aid concentration.
Remember to take these simple precautions before setting out and stay safe.