Driving in Snow & Ice
With winter upon us and forecasters predicting snow and icy driving conditions, here's our handy guide to keeping safe on the roads in winter:
- Get your vehicle serviced so that it won't let you down even if the weather does!
- Check and replace the anti-freeze in the radiator to keep the cold out.
- Make sure your car battery is fully charged - most last between two and four years.
- Keep your headlights clean and check the bulbs regularly so you'll be prepared for lower visibility and shorter days.
- Make sure your tyres are inflated to the manufacturers' recommended pressure and have at least 3mm of tread depth.
- Keep your windscreen as clean as possible for the extra spray, ice and rain you get in winter by making sure that your windscreen wipers aren't worn.
- Dirty windows and mirrors can make it hard to see as the low winter sun hits. Make sure you keep them clean and free of ice and snow in colder weather. And it goes without saying that your windows are clear and de-misted before you set off!
- Finally, don't forget to take a map with your for any unplanned diversions.
Why not check that you have the following items in the car?
- Ice scraper and de-icer.
- Warm clothes and a blanket.
- A pair of boots.
- First-aid kit.
- Battery jump leads.
- A shovel if it's likely to snow.
- Food and a warm drink in a flask for particularly cold weather.
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