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Winter Driving

Before winter weather arrives, check that your vehicle 

  • is properly maintained and serviced.
  • tyres have plenty of tread depth, are in good condition and correctly inflated (don't forget the spare)
  • radiator contains anti-freeze and the cooling system is free from leaks.
  • battery is in good condition (many garages/battery suppliers will carry out this check free of charge).
  • windscreen wipers and washers are working effectively.
  • washer bottles are full and contain anti-freezing/cleaning additive. 

 Winter Driving Tips

  • use dipped headlights in poor visibility
  • reduce your speed compared to 'normal' driving conditions
  • keep a safe stopping distance behind the vehicle in front. It takes much longer to stop in wet or icy conditions
  • avoid harsh braking, acceleration and steering
  • keep a careful watch out for other road users especially motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and young pedestrians
  • if you get into trouble, try not to abandon your vehicle, stay with it until help arrives
  • if you are forced to leave your vehicle make yourself visible by wearing a fluorescent/reflective tabard/jacket.

Winter driving emergency kit and checklist

Car emergency kit 

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and spare batteries - or a wind-up torch
  • Warm clothes and blankets - for you and all passengers
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Jump start cables
  • Food and a warm drink in a thermos
  • Shovel
  • Reflective warning sign
  • Road atlas
  • Sunglasses - the glare off the snow can be dazzling
  • Mobile phone charger

POWDERY checklist

PETROL (or diesel) - Have you got enough? Do you know where to fill up?

OIL - check levels once a month

WATER - check radiator and screenwash once a month

DAMAGE - check wipers, lights etc. for signs of wear and tear or damage

ELECTRICS - check lights, indicators and controls are working properly

RUBBER - are your tyres well inflated, legal, with good tread and free from damage?

YOURSELF - are you fit to drive? Have you slept well? Are you taking any medication(s) that could make it unsafe for you to drive?