No one wants to be that very cold person waiting on the side of the road for the breakdown recovery vehicle. I sure don’t, so here’s my top tips for preparing you and your car for winter.
Winter Driving Checks
Do a check of the following on your car -
Tyre tread depth – you should get a 20p coin and put this in the main tread groove. If the outer band of the coin is visible on any of three areas on the tyre, then you should look into getting new tyres fitted.
Exterior lights – are all the bulbs working and are the casings of the lights clean and visible?
Windscreen wipers – are these in good condition? If they have any deterioration on the rubber, they may need replacing.
Oil, washer fluid and coolant levels – check these on level ground, after the car has been standing for a while and is cold. If necessary, top up. You can buy screen wash for different temperatures, so check this before purchasing.
Winter Driving Essentials Checklist
If it’s frosty or snowy, you’ll want to have the winter essentials to hand in your car –
Ice scraper - the ones with the ‘mitten’ handles are perfect for keeping your hands toasty on cold days.
Shovel - you can buy folding ones if you are tight on boot space
Torch – check and replace batteries regularly
First aid kit
Change of warm clothes
Reflective warning triangle
Drinks and snacks
Winter Driving Tips
So if it does snow, here’s some useful tips to help you get from A to B safely –
Check out the route online first, to check that roads are open and passable.
Leave extra time to warm the car up, defrost the windows and remove excess snow from the bonnet and roof.
If you are having trouble pulling away, pull off in second gear, as this will help minimise wheel spin.
When driving, use low revs, accelerate gently and change up to higher gears as quickly as possible.
If you start skidding in the snow, steer into the skid. Don’t press the brakes.
Leave extra room between you and the next car on the road. Be mindful when coming down roads with a descent.
Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Drive smoothly and gently.
I hope these tips have been useful – good luck if you are driving in snowy or icy conditions this winter. Stay sensible and stay safe!
This is a collaborative post with LV=’s Car Insurance.
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