The cold weather has well and truly started to set in, last week I left the house at 8am like every morning to find the car all iced up, as a new driver I had no clue what to do about it. After a while fiddling with switches and buttons I cracked it but it occurred to me this is my first winter on the roads I will soon have no choice but to face the sometimes icy roads to get my girls to nursery. My knowledge on cars and driving is iffy to say the least so I have a fantastic guest post to share from someone who thankfully (for me) knows what they’re talking about when it comes to winter road safety.
Hi everybody! I’m Ross Miller, a car enthusiast! I love to study in depth about cars and all things related to them. I wrote this article to shed light on some simple safety measures that can be taken to avoid hazards on the road when you go out for a drive in winters!
There’s plenty to take into consideration on the road no matter what time of year it is. However, keeping to a safe regime in winter is even more important. The lower temperatures, increased darkness and poorer weather in winter all mean that it is essential to stay focussed behind the wheel. This winter, try to remember the following safety tips. Taken together, they will add up keep you that bit safer on the roads.
• According to leading motoring organisations, keeping a quarter of a tank of fuel available to use in winter is always advisable. Not running your car until you are nearly empty is helpful because in the winter months you are more likely to be delayed or to face unexpected problems. Get into the habit of filling up that bit more regularly in the winter.
• At dusk and at dawn, low sunlight can go on for several hours, depending on how much cloud cover there is around. Therefore, it is always a good idea to keep your windscreen clean so that glare is reduced. The windscreen of your car can blind you to problems on the road ahead, especially when travelling towards low sunlight. In winter, it is surprising how often a pair of sunglasses for a driver can be of help.
• If you opt for winter of premium tyres then you are that much better off than if your have normal ones fitted. Point S tyres in Bournemouth suggest that premium tyres, sold these days allow for better steering control and are not just something that is important for braking. Older tyres ought to be replaced before the winter really sets in, when cracks and bulges are harder to spot. If you choose winter tyres, then you’ll be able to keep going in lower temperatures and the increased traction they offer often helps in icy conditions, too.
• Fog is much more prevalent in winter. Know how to turn your car’s fog light on and don’t forget to turn it off, when not needed. Allow additional driving time for your journey if the weather report predicts fog. When driving through it, you simply need to slow down due to the reduced visibility.
• If you get stuck in snow, then don’t try to power yourself out of it. Move forwards and backwards slowly in the highest gear you can without stalling. Turn the steering wheel to try and find a bit of grip, if possible. In wintry conditions, remember to take a shovel with you in the boot.