Winter Driving Advice

by chris sanders on 17th October 2013

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UK weather can be unpredictable at best. Severe weather conditions can arise when least expected and can be extremely dangerous if you’re on the road.

Driving is a risky business– 10 people die on UK roads every day – so hazards such as darkness, rain, fog, ice, and even low  sunshine, only add to the danger. Use the advice below to help you stay safe in winter.

BEFORE YOU SET OFF

Consider whether your journey is necessary – the best way to stay safe in bad weather is to stay off the roads and use alternative means of travel.

Consider your route – bear in mind that some types of road are particularly dangerous in certain conditions. For example, steep country roads are treacherous in icy weather and some roads are more susceptible to flooding and strong side winds than others.

Check your emergency kit – use the tick-list in the box below to ensure your vehicle is properly stocked.

Check tyres – tread depth should be at least 3mm to be safe in wet or icy conditions and tyres should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. Invest in winter tyres for added safety

Plan your journey – try to stick to major routes, give yourself plenty of time and allow for possible hold-ups

Check weather forecasts and traffic news – both local and national.

Check lights and wipers – ensure they are fully functioning.

Clean windscreen, windows and mirrors – ensure they are totally clear of snow, ice or steam.

Inform someone – of your intended route and time of arrival.

Finally, Ensure you’re fit to drive – it’s crucial to ensure that you’re driving is not impaired by drink, drugs, medicine, stress, tiredness or a distraction like a mobile phone at any time of year, but you especially need to be focused and fit to drive in adverse conditions.

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