Are you ready for winter driving?Mon, 06/11/2017
Colder, darker evenings create a riskier driving environment, and it can also affect the health of your car. Ensuring your car is ready for the winter, and that you as the driver understand potential hazards, will help to keep you and other road users safe during these colder months.
James Howe, MSN news, reports:
It’s the season of darker evenings and colder weather, both of which make driving on UK roads a much more dangerous activity. The marked dip in visibility doesn’t bode well for pedestrians, either – in fact, according to GEM Motoring Assist road safety officer Neil Worth, “there is a 10 per cent rise in fatal pedestrian collisions during the four weeks after the clocks go back”.
Carbuyer is passionate about winter road safety and has produced a number of useful guides over the years to help you be prepared and stay safe as the weather closes in. Ensuring you and your car are ready for the season’s motoring is the most pragmatic way of keeping you and those around you safe.
As ever, it’s best to start with the basics – whether it’s ensuring your car’s engine oil is topped up or making sure you’ve cleaned the salty winter road grime from its bodywork, a well maintained car is a safer one. Making sure your car’s battery is in good condition and its coolant system is ready for cold snaps will also give peace of mind.
Tyres are an important consideration, especially as the weather turns and wet, slushy, icy or snowy conditions become more likely. Fitting winter tyres is proven to be the safest way to ensure maximum grip in these conditions as the temperature drops, but it’s important to keep an eye on pressures and tread depth too.
Winter doesn’t just mean cold weather, though; you’re far more likely to encounter other potentially dangerous conditions. Our guides to driving in fog and in floods are here to help you be prepared for driving when the forecast looks particularly unpleasant.
Visibility is key to safe winter motoring, so it pays to make sure your headlights and windscreen wipers are in fighting shape. We’ve carried out tests to find the best wiper blades and headlight bulbs so you can buy with confidence.
Of course, everything doesn’t always go to plan, so it makes sense to prepared for the worst. Knowing what to do in the event of a breakdown can make a stressful situation a little less so – not to mention safer. Our guide is here to help.
Preparation is key as the winter sets in, whether that’s planning for an emergency breakdown or planning your journey in advance.