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.

Don’t drive as you normally would

You are up to 20% more likely to have a crash during the winter months of November to February than during summer months. Reduce the risk by driving in a lower gear, brake in plenty of time and be extremely cautious of black ice on the road.

Don’t head off without checking your vitals

By planning ahead and checking your vehicle’s vitals, particularly your battery, oil and brake fluid, you can help avoid any unwanted mishaps during your winter-weather travels.

Don’t be careless

Listen to advice, keep an eye on the weather forecast, and remember the basics. Most traffic accidents are caused by human error – something which is much more likely to occur in adverse weather conditions.

Don’t leave home if you don’t need to

It is important to consider if your journey is essential. If not it is advisable to wait until the weather conditions have improved. Taking a moment to decide whether the journey is necessary may save you… and your car.

Don’t leave home without the essentials

In the case of an accident or break down, you need to be prepared. Make sure you’ve got a warm coat, food and water 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 your tyres unchecked

It’s essential to check your tyre tread and performance to make sure they’re capable of handling the weather conditions and road changes. Remember, wet roads can cause just as many problems as snowy or icy ones. Take advantage of our various winter health checks and ask our service technicians about cold weather tyres.

Book in for your free tyre check service here.

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

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