Be prepared this winter and make the necessary checks on your vehicle to make sure that you don’t get caught out if severe weather hits.
There are a number of simple precautions that can be taken for driving over the winter months.
Check your tyres:
They are your only contact with the road. Tyres should be at least the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm but need to be changed before they get this worn. Tyres need to be to the correct tyre pressure to give the motorist the best chance in extreme conditions.
Use your lights:
As we come into the winter months motorist are advised to use dipped head lights during the day so you are easily seen. Headlights and taillights should be in working order.
Check your breaks:
Make sure that you check the brakes on your car are working correctly.
Keep a safe distance:
It takes longer to stop a car during the winter weather so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front.
Beware of “Black Ice”
Black Ice is one of winter’s biggest hazards as it is difficult to see. Watch out for sheltered/ shaded areas on roads, under trees and near high walls.
During these winter months it is advised that motorists carry a number of essentials in the boot of their car.
- High visibility vest
- Spare fuel
- Appropriate footwear in case you need to leave your vehicle e.g. boots
- A hazard warning triangle
- Spare wheel
- Tow rope
- A shovel
- De-icing equipment
- Spare bulbs
- First aid kit
- A fire extinguisher
- A working torch
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