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Winter Driving – Checks And Tips

By Matty Chessington

Check your tyres for wear and tear and foreign objects on a weekly basis, make sure that they have the correct air pressure. These checks are important to ensure the car is as stable as possible on icy or wet roads.

Make sure that your lights are kept clean and that they are working properly, if visibility is low you will be glad that you did so. Check that your windscreen wipers are all working properly, worn wipers leave streaks, which if visibility is poor can seriously impact on your ability to see out of the vehicle. Top up your screen wash more often and use a branded product that is effective against salt and will not freeze. If you have been on a long journey in poor conditions top up your screen-wash prior to using your car again.

Carry a good make of de-icier and a scraper. Glare from snow can blind you, so oddly it is a good idea to carry a pair of sunglasses with you in the winter. Put some warm clothes in the car, good waterproof walking shoes and a blanket along with some water and high energy food like chocolate. If you breakdown you will need a high visibility jacket, a torch and at least one warning triangle. If snow is predicted put your snow chains and a shovel in the boot too. Make sure that you can charge your phone in your car, so that if you get stuck you can call for help without worrying about having a flat battery. Top up your phone with credit if you have a pay as you go phone.

Do not drive away until all of the windows have de-misted properly and are clear of ice. Make sure that the car’s blower is blowing hot air before driving away, this will ensure that your windows will not re-mist a few minutes later.

If you breakdown do not stay in the car, if you can safely wait outside of the car for the breakdown van, do so. This is more important on motorways or dual carriageways. Do not abandon your car unless you absolutely have to.

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