With winter officially here, it is time to start thinking about how the change in seasons may affect your driving. Wet roads, dazzling sunlight and early morning frost are just some of the dangers to consider. We've put together just some things to look out for to ensure you're safe on the road this winter:
The sun is much lower in the sky during winter, this means that there is the potential for hazardous driving condition. This along with an icy windscreen and an intensely bright low sun can lead to poor visibility - it may be a good idea to keep your sunglasses in the car!
Windscreen wiper blades do deteriorate over time. They will often go un-changed which means they don't clean your windscreen effectively and can cause scuff marks. If they have worn, it is the perfect time to swap them for new ones.
We often don't know when a bulb has gone until we are driving in the dark. It is important to check all lights at least once a week, especially with the dark nights drawing in, it's imperative to check your headlights, number plate lights, indicators
One of the best ways to ensure you’re safe on the road is to look after your tyres. Pressure and tread depth is something you can check once a month to improve your safety. Click here to view our current tyre offers and how to check your tyre tread.
Your windscreen washer fluid will ensure that all dirt is removed quickly before and whilst driving. Ensure you use a high quality fluid that has a purpose made additive to reduce the chances of the liquid freezing.
You don't need to wait for winter to arrive before checking your antifreeze. A frozen engine will put a halt on all driving and could leave you with a large bill. Your handbook will detail the type you should use for your car.
Snow and ice
You will need to take it slow in the snowy and icy conditions as your stopping distance increases by 10 times. Pull away in second gear and ease your foot off the clutch to avoid wheel spinning. If you need to use your brakes apply them gently. If you drive an automatic take a look in your handbook as some have a 'winter mode'. If you do get stuck, straighten then steering and clear the snow from the wheels (using an old rug for friction will give the tyres extra grip).
So in conclusion, drive as normal but just use some common sense. If you have any questions about the safety of your vehicle through the winter contact our Aftersales team.