Winter Safe Driving Preparations

Winter is always full of uncertainty on the roads. We’ve put together a quick guide to being prepared for the worst… just in case. Remember: stopping distances in snow are multiplied 10 times!

Give Your Vehicle a Winter Check

(Consult the manual for the correct measurements & recommended products)

  • Top up oil levels
  • Wiper Fluid
  • Tire Pressure
  • Tread depth
  • Wiper fluid (front and back)
  • Check headlights, sidelights, indicators, rear, fog and break lights are working
  • Clean your lights daily
  • Check tire changing tools are in car & a good spare tire is available
  • Ensure you can reach spare tire and operate all tools before leaving
  • Change tire pressure to suit load being carried
  • Check your vehicle has received its’ services as directed by the manufacturer
  • If you have locking wheel nuts, check you have the key
  • Check wipers for wear and replace if necessary

Get a Garage to Check the Following

  • Front and rear brake pads
  • Brake fluid levels
  • Anti-freeze levels in radiator

Before Your Travel

  • Listen to local weather reports for snow, ice or poor driving conditions
  • Allow plenty of time for your journey – better early than never!
  • If carrying a mobile (in a hands-free kit) ensure it is fully charged
  • Ensure you have sufficient petrol – carry a spare can for walking to a garage just in case
  • Wear comfortable shoes with good grips so your feet don’t slide off the pedals

Pack an Emergency Box

  • Blanket
  • Telephone numbers of road side assistance membership
  • Spare fan belt (even if you can’t fit it, a local garage can – if they have your model in stock)
  • Carrying boots and a warm jacket for walking in snow in case of a breakdown
  • Ice scraper
  • De-icer
  • Torch
  • First-aid kit
  • Tow rope
  • Jump leads
  • Snow shovel
  • Warning triangle
  • Water-repellent spray

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