The weather is definitely starting to turn colder and winter will be in full swing before we know it.
With Christmas coming up lots of people will be planning long drives to visit friends and relatives. Even if you’re not planning on driving that far, it’s still really important to start getting prepared for potentially tricky driving conditions.
Here are some things you can do to make sure you stay safe on the roads this winter.
Prepare the car
- Make sure there is plenty of fuel in the car. You never know when you might get held up due to the weather conditions, or have to sit with the engine running to warm up the car and clear the windscreen.
- Keep a set of supplies in the car that includes an ice scraper, some de-icer, a torch, a warm hat and gloves, some water and a first aid kit. If you are travelling further afield then also pop some blankets, some snacks and a flask of something warm to drink in the car.
- Consider taking the car for a safety check if you’re planning a long journey. At the very least check your tyre treads and the fluid levels before you leave. You might also want to check your wiper blades and replace them if necessary. You can find a useful how-to guide for this on cars.com, along with some other helpful guides on car maintenance.
- Make sure your mobile is charged before you head out. If you can, take a charger with you, either one that plugs into the car or a portable power pack.
- Check the weather forecast to make sure you’re up to date with the driving conditions you’ll be dealing with.
- Plan your journey and make sure you allow extra time to get to where you’re going.
Winter driving advice
- Keep an eye on your speed. When it’s icy out go that little bit slower than you normally would, and keep more of a distance between you and the car in front.
- On really cold days be aware that the roads might still be icy, even if the surrounding paths and buildings seem to have thawed out.
- If you’re on a long journey tune into local radio stations as you go to keep up to date on weather and travel news.
The most important thing with Winter driving is to just be aware, and be careful.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast and if conditions are really bad then only drive if you absolutely have to.