Winter Driving

The best advice is to avoid driving in freezing road conditions unless you really have to. However as the majority of us drive to work or do the school run, this isn’t always possible.

So if you doo need to drive then the least you should do is plan your route and check the RAC Traffic News to see if there are any problems in terms of traffic or weather before you travel.

Ensure your vehicle is well maintained.

  • Make sure exterior lights are working
  • Windscreen wiper blades should be in good condition
  • Check oil, coolant and washer fluid levels
  • Make sure you have enough screen wash and the concentration is right for cold conditions
  • Tyres should have adequate tread and pressure- poor tyres will not grip. You may wish to consider changing to winter tyres with deeper tread

Be Prepared

Make sure you’ve got everything you need in the vehicle before you set out, in case the unexpected happens:

  • Ice Scraper
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Warm clothes, boots and blankets
  • Jump leads
  • Shovel and reflective warning sign
  • Road Maps – Sunglasses
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Check the RAC Traffic News for regular updates

Driving in Snow & Ice

  • Before setting off, properly clear windows, mirrors and roof. Never use hot or boiling water to defrost the outside of a vehicle. De-icer, a scraper and allowing enough time is recommended
  • Leaving up to 10 times the recommended gap between you and the vehicle in front is advised during icy conditions
  • When moving off consider using a higher gear or any winter driving assisted controls the vehicle may have
  • Steer gently into a skid. Do not apply brakes sharply and keep control of the vehicle by keeping both hands on the steering wheel

What to do if your vehicle breaks down

  • Ensure you have breakdown cover and keep the number of your provider stored in your mobile phone.
  • It’s useful to have a reflective jacket, torch and warm waterproof clothes in the vehicle
  • It’s useful to have a mobile phone with GPS capability in case you don’t know exactly where you are
  • Always exit the vehicle through the doors on the left hand side and if there is a safety barrier stand behind it – it’s important to stay well away from moving traffic
  • Don’t try to make repairs yourself, wait for a rescue vehicle
  • Be patient but if you feel threatened sit in the passenger seat, lock the door and phone 999
  • If you do not have breakdown cover then give us a call