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Winter Tips

Breakdowns and accidents are more common in the winter when road conditions are more challenging. Shorter days, wetter weather and the impact of cold conditions mean journeys take longer, can be trickier and the risk of traffic jams increases.

However, preparing adequately and driving appropriately will help you stay safe.

Firstly, think about whether your journey is really necessary.

  • Allow extra time for winter journeys.
  • Plan routes around roads, which are more likely to be cleared and gritted.
  • Try factor in the time to de-ice your vehicle.
  • Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving so your feet don't slip on the pedals.
  • Check fuel levels – have enough in the tank in case of unexpected delays.
  • Clear all windows and wait until the windscreen's fully de-misted.
  • Make sure all car lights are working and the lenses are clean and visible
  • Keep number plates clean, to avoid fines.
  • Use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves
  • Have the right winter tyres it is recommended to have at least 3mm of tread for the winter.
  • Make sure you top up your Antifreeze 
  • Watch out for black ice if the temperature is low and the road surface looks ‘wet’, be careful and drive with caution as it could be black ice.

Try to keep a few essentials in your car so you are prepared if you should need to be things like Ice scraper and torch and batteries, Jump Leads, First aid kit and some warm clothes are a good starting point 

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