December 12, 2014, 2:07 pm
When it comes to getting behind the wheel during the winter months, there are several changes that you need to make to the way in which you drive. This will not only help to keep you safe, but also protects your passengers and other road users too.
Here are a few suggestions to how you can stay safe when winter driving
It goes without saying that when the weather is cold outside it is absolutely essential that you keep your eyes on the road. Black ice is a particular danger as it can appear invisible, especially if it is under a light coat of snow, but being alert and aware of the road in front of you can give you plenty of time to react to any hazards or obstacles.
Wherever possible, you should try to avoid driving when it is snowing as your vision can be seriously restricted. However, if you do need to venture out then there are several changes you need to make to your driving, such as:
If at any point, when driving in the snow, you begin to feel uncomfortable or unsafe then slowly pull your vehicle over and come to a stop. You may need to finish the journey on foot or simply wait out any falling snow, in order to make this safe you should have an emergency kit in your car. This should include:
When in a vehicle that has stopped, make sure that the snow does not cover the exhaust pipe as the carbon monoxide fumes could come back into the car, posing serious health risks. If you do need rescuing then call 101 and follow their instructions.
If you are especially worried about your car in the winter you can bring it to Nathaniels and we will do a thorough Winter check for you.Back to News