When the temperature drops, you need to know that you are prepared to remain safe on the road. Here are some of our top tips for driving safely in winter.
1. Navigating black ice
Black ice is invisible to the eye but it can be deadly, making it hard to avoid – let alone safely navigate. The trick is to drive slowly and avoid getting stuck on a patch of black ice in the first place. Avoid carrying out any high-risk manoeuvres and take things in a calm, steady manner.
If you do end up skidding, you need to quickly know which type of skid it is. Steer into a rear-wheel skid and lessen the angle or brake gently in a front-wheel skid. The good news is that most modern cars do have features that help you avoid the risk of skidding. Look out for electronic stability and traction controls if you’re in the market for a new vehicle.
3. Keeping it clean
Your car will inevitably get dirtier in the winter months, but it can be hard to keep clean. Grit obscures number plates and headlights and can clog the chassis and wheel arches. Make sure you wash your car once a week, drying it with a microfibre cloth and cleaning it in the middle of the day when the temperature tends to be mildest. Dry it off thoroughly so that frost doesn’t lead to frozen droplets.
4. Preparing for your journey
Make use of any car features that provide comfort before you head off on your journey. Use heated windows and heated seats, but avoid pouring any boiling water onto a frosted windscreen. Some people swear by using shaving foam on the inside of a foggy windscreen. Allow it to dry before you wipe it off to should prevent misting. This trick is hotly debated in the motor trade insurance industry! Find out more at https://www.quotemetoday.co.uk/motor-trade-insurance/.
Remember to stock up carefully with anything that you might need if you do run into trouble. Have plenty of antifreeze, a shovel, blankets, food, a torch and water. Check the tyre pressure before you drive and make sure you start your car every other day and let the engine run if you aren’t driving it to keep the engine ticking over.