Take Care On Icy Roads This Winter!

People all over the country will have woken up to a very frosty morning indeed this morning (19th November) and, as beautiful as the sparkling icicles can be, they can also prove to be quite dangerous indeed for commuters or anyone taking to the roads at the moment.

A cold snap is certainly not unexpected at this time of year so hopefully it won’t have come as too much of a nasty surprise and you’ve all been able to successfully navigate your way from A to B without much fuss and bother at all.

But one frosty morning certainly means that others are on the way and it could get a lot worse before it gets better, so make sure you know how to drive safely at this time of year.

The weather can make it very difficult to drive during the winter, but there are steps you can take that can help keep you and your passengers safe, no matter how long you’re on the road for.

Firstly, make sure that you keep an eye on your fuel levels. Vehicles can use more fuel when it’s cold outside and the last thing you want is to find yourself stranded on the motorway or in the middle of nowhere because you’re out of gas, especially when it’s freezing outside and you have no way of keeping warm.

Planning ahead is key when it comes to winter driving so make sure you check the weather forecasts before you go anywhere, especially if you’re going on a long drive. Plan out some alternative routes just in case, although your satnav may suggest a few in any case as you make your way to wherever you’re going.

Also make sure that your phone is fully charged before you set off so you can get in touch with friends and family, or the emergency services if something happens. An in-car charger would be wise as well, although many cars now come with USB ports so you can charge your phone as you drive.

When it comes to actual driving in wintry conditions, remember to use a high gear and low revs, especially if it’s snowy. This will mean it’s less likely that your wheels will spin before you drive off. Try and stay in a higher gear on the  motorway to help you stay in control of the vehicle.

Also bear your stopping distances in mind, particularly when motoring about on wet roads. Try to leave double the distance you would if you were on a dry road between you and the vehicle in front. And for driving in snow or ice, your stopping distance should be up to ten times greater!

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