British winters can be challenging. It is usually marked by adverse weather, months of rain, ice, snow, and fog, prolonged darkness, and so on. As unpredictable as British winters are you can still get some sun and fine weather in between. The winter season calls for some level of preparation. Many things will have to change for you to cope effectively with the season.
One such thing is driving. Driving during the winter season is very different from other times of the year. Now the roads could be covered in snow and ice, great care is required to ensure your safety and to look after your car. To ensure that you can get to your destinations safely and avoid any damage to your cars you must adapt to new methods of driving and car maintenance. Here are some winter driving tips to help you get through the season.
- Pack some essential supplies
When you drive in unpredictable weather conditions, it is advisable to be prepared for anything. Pack some essential items that can help you drive safe or cope with any emergency situations. The supplies should include:
- A fully charged mobile phone
- First aid kit
- Blanket and warm clothing
- A big, bright torch
- Snow shovel
- Ice scraper
- Check the tyres
Needless to say, the tyres are the most vital part of your car this season. They need to be in the best condition to effectively plough the road and get you where you need to be during the UK winter. Check your tyres and ensure there is adequate tread left to make a journey. Experts advise at least 3mm of tread for the season. The tyres should be inflated to the correct pressure and do not be tempted to let any air out in an attempt to improve the grip. That does more harm than good.
- Drive safe
There is a high probability you might get caught in a bad weather while on the road. When this happens, think calmly and apply the following tips.
- Slow down when visibility is low or the road is wet. Take corners slowly and put your windscreen wipers to work.
- Use brakes gently to avoid accidents.
- Always maintain a safe gap between the vehicles before you and those behind.
- Check that your lights are working before you drive the vehicle. Put them on during poor visibility conditions.
- If you must drive through flooded areas, drive slowly but ensure you know how deep it is.
- Watch out for spray from passing cars in flooded environments and use your windscreen wipers to restore visibility immediately.
- Highway code
The code states that all windows, mirrors, lights, and plates must be clear of ice before beginning any journey. This is important for your safety as well as others. Clean these parts of the car before you drive in the winter.
- Top up fluids
Fluids ensure that the car works properly and is not overwhelmed by the constantly changing temperatures. Ensure there’s fuel in the vehicle, full tank of screenwash, adequate oil and coolant.