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Winter Driving

During winter driving can be made more difficult because of the weather conditions. Here are a few tips to ensure that you keep on the road and arrive at your destination.

Snow- Falling snow reduces visibility so always switch on your lights. Lack of adhesion can occur even on treated roads so drive slowly in the highest gear possible, manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking.

Ice- When roads are icy it is essential to do everything more carefully than normal. Slow down if you suspect ice, steer gently avoiding harsh turns.

Winter Sun- Dazzle from winter sun is an underestimated hazard. Reduce speed and use your visor to lessen dazzle.

Fog- In fog drive very slowly using dipped headlights and if fitted, use front and rear fog lamps.

Hail- Hail can occur unexpectedly, slow down and use dipped headlights. After a hailstorm the road will be slushy so drive carefully.

Rain- Heavy rain will reduce visibility particularly from vehicle spray. Always use your dipped headlights and reduce speed. At night, wet conditions worsen the glare from headlights so again, slow down.

BEFORE setting off on your journey during wintry weather conditions ask yourself:

  1. Is your journey absolutely essential ?
  2. Have you checked the local and national weather forecasts ?
  3. Have you checked the local and national radio for travel information, considering carefully the advice given ?
  4. Is your vehicle's fuel tank full ?
  5. Have you given an estimated time of arrival at your proposed destination ?
  6. Would taking hot drinks, food, warm clothing (blankets), wellingtons, torch and shovel be a wise precaution ?
  7. Ask yourself again, is your journey essential ?
Once on your way :
  1. If you get into trouble, do not abandon your vehicle, stay with it until help arrives.
  2. If you have to leave your vehicle, make yourself visible.

BEFORE ONSET of wintry weather conditions CHECK Your vehicle ...

  1. is always well maintained and serviced.
  2. tyres (including the spare) have plenty of tread depth, are in good condition and are inflated to the correct pressures.
  3. radiator contains anti-freeze at the correct concentration and cooling systems should be checked for leaks.
  4. battery is in good condition, topped up and fully charged
  5. windscreen wipers and washers are working effectively.
  6. washerbottles are full and the water contains antifreezing additive.

BEFORE DRIVING in wintry weather conditions CHECK...

  1. all lights are clean and working properly.
  2. all windows and mirrors are clear from snow and ice and are clean.

DURING DRIVING in wintry weather conditions CHECK you are..

  1. travelling with care on both treated and untreated roads.
  2. using dipped headlights in poor visibility.
  3. in the highest gear possible and avoiding harsh braking and acceleration
  4. travelling at reduced speed compared to 'normal' conditions.
  5. maintaining a safe stopping distance behind other vehicles - it takes longer to stop in the wet or icy Conditions.
  6. keeping a careful watch on other road especially motor and pedal cyclists
  7. watching out for children playing and other pedestrians.

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Page last updated: Thursday, 13 January, 2005