How NOT to drive in Winter

There are many driving tips and guides out there for your reading pleasure, so we’re going to run through a quick-fire list of what NOT to do when driving this winter period.

Don’t drive as you usually would. You are up to 20% MORE LIKELY to have a crash during the winter months of November to February than during summer months. Drive in a lower gear and brake in plenty of time to avoid any unnecessary bumps – and be extremely cautious of ice on the road.

Don’t leave your tyres unchecked. This one is vital. Get them checked for tread and performance to make sure they’re capable of handling any weather our unpredictable climate (and roads) throws at us. Remember wet roads can cause just as many problems as snowy or icy ones. Take advantage of our various winter checks across our locations – and ask our service technicians about cold weather tyres.

Don’t head off without checking your vitals. We all know our cars have a tendency to leave us in the mire when we need it least. By planning ahead and checking your engine vitals, particularly your battery, oil and brake fluid, you can help avoid any unwanted mishaps during your winter-weather travels.

Don’t leave home without your safety blanket. If the worst happens during our darker days of the year, you should be prepared. Make sure you’ve got water, food and something to keep you warm in your car just in case, not to mention a phone charger, torch and ice-scraper – better to be safe than sorry!

Don’t leave home if you don’t need to. There are some things that may warrant a trip out in heinous conditions – a trip to the shop may not be one! Pick and choose your journeys, and if the weather really is too dangerous, taking a moment to wonder whether the journey is necessary may just save you… and your car.

Don’t be careless. Adhere to advice, check the weather forecasts, and remember the basics. Just remember that most traffic accidents are caused by human error – something which is much more likely in the adverse weather that our winters throw at us.

The winter months are unpredictable to say the least –make sure you prepare accordingly and stay safe on the roads!

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