Top 10 Winter Driving Tips

Driving in the winter can be challenging with darker days, rain, ice and snow. Check out our top 10 winter driving tips to help you stay safe. Keep a ‘survival’ pack in your car. This should consist of things like food, water, a blanket, a torch, a map, some warm clothing and a shovel in case you get stuck.

  1. Make sure you have a mobile phone on you in case of emergencies, and that it is fully charged.
  2. Check that you have adequate tyre tread. The legal limit is 1.6mm or above, but for the winter it is recommended to have at least 3mm tread.
  3. Check that you’re anti freeze and windscreen wash is topped up.
  4. Adjust your driving style to suit the weather conditions and leave enough time to make your journey safely. If the weather is really bad, only drive if necessary.
  5. Check that all the lights are working on your car.
  6. Make sure your fuel is topped up to a good level in case you get stuck in traffic, which is much more likely in bad weather conditions.
  7. Service your car for winter to ensure everything is working as it should be and that it is safe.
  8. Check your wiper blades for wear and tear and replace them if necessary.
  9. Listen to the local radio for traffic and weather reports to help you plan your journey safely.
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  • Posted on 22 January 2014