When winter sets in and temperatures drop dramatically, snow and ice on the roads make driving much more difficult and dangerous.
There are however a number of simple measures you can take to help you.
Have a full service before winter starts and have the anti-freeze tested
Keep tyres properly inflated. Make sure you have the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm
Check that your lights are clean and working
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Always keep the windscreen and windows clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash
Carry winter essentials in the car: cloths, spare washer fluid, anti-freeze, glass cleaner, ice scraper, de-icer and torch. In really bad weather, put a blanket, Wellington boots and a shovel in the boot
Listen to the weather broadcasts and only travel if absolutely necessary when really bad conditions are forecast
Eat a good breakfast when you know you will be travelling in bad weather and carry spare food and drink in case you are snowed in
Stop every two hours, if you can, for fresh air and hot drinks
Keep your vehicle well ventilated. Driving with the car heater full on can make you drowsy
Make sure you know and understand the hazards and risks of driving in all types of weather conditions - especially ice, snow and fog - before you venture out
Always fully clear your windscreen and side windows of ice and condensation before driving off - NEVER merely clear a small ‘porthole’ in the windscreen
Always reduce your speed on slippery surfaces. Avoid harsh braking and acceleration
Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front in poor conditions. Allow up to TEN TIMES the normal distance for braking, especially on motorways
In snow, stop frequently to clean the glass area, the wheel arches, the lights and number plates
If your driven wheels get stuck in snow, move slowly backwards and forwards out of the rut using the highest gear you can
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