Drive Safely This Winter
With weather forecasters anticipating a particularly cold, icy and even snowy winter, all drivers need to take extra precautions when it comes to taking the car out in adverse weather conditions.¬†¬†FMP Motor Factors¬†have come up with a guide to help you and your family to drive safely this winter and to make sure that you are prepared for any possible scenario that may arise as a result of the more hazardous winter conditions.
Precautions to Take
Conditions can sometimes be very hazardous due to the icy weather, poor visibility and slippery roads. This means that extra precautions need to be made to ensure your safety, as well as the other motorists on the road. Drivers should be extra careful when driving during this time of the year, as well as regularly checking your vehicles over to make sure you are prepared for any scenario.
Some people may be unaware of some of the precautions that should be taken during the winter season before setting of on any journey. It is important that motorists ensure that their vehicle is in full running order and have all of the things within their vehicle that may prove critical if the need arises. The importance of this cannot be underestimated as whether the¬†proper maintenance and checks¬†are performed are not could be the difference between being stranded on the side of the road or not.
A Guide To Help You to Drive Safely this Winter
It is important that motorists take every possible measure to ensure the safe winter motoring for both themselves and others. Failure to perform proper maintenance and checks could lead to disastrous effects that could have easily been avoided.¬†FMP Motor Factors¬†have provided a guide of some of the checks and tasks that should be performed before every journey in potentially hazardous conditions to keep you as safe as possible.
- Carry chains –¬†even though you may never need chains when you are driving, having them available in your vehicle could prove to be very useful. Chains can be used if you are ever stuck on a snowy hill to get you going again. If you didn’t have any chains available to you, then the chances are that you would be stranded for a long period of time.
- Check battery –¬†the battery will need to be in tip top condition during the winter months in order to handle the colder, harder work it requires. This means that you will need to have your battery checked before setting out on any journey. This is because if your battery runs empty or fails whilst on your journey, then you will be stuck at the side of the road until a recovery service arrives to recharge or replace the battery.
- Carry an ice scraper –¬†you need to make sure that you always have an ice scraper handy for the front and rear windshields, especially in cold conditions. If your windshield starts to freeze up, then you need to make sure that you have the maximum amount of visibility by scraping the windows of all the ice. Carrying ant-freeze will also become handy in this situation as it can be used to make it easier to scrape away and ice or condensation on the windshields.
- Check all lights –¬†the lights on your vehicle are very important during this time of year as they are needed to provide extra light when driving, as well as alerting others of your presence. Before any journey, you need to the light lenses all around your vehicle to make sure they are working correctly and are bright.
- Check your tyre pressures and condition –¬†tyres can lose a little pressure as it gets cold so you need to ensure that you check them and inflate them to the correct pressure before any journey. If you are unsure as to what the correct pressure for your vehicle, they can be found in the vehicle handbook that came with your vehicle. Tyres that are not of the right pressure can run the risk of blowing out and this is dangerous in any conditions, let alone in poor conditions.
Even though you should be performing all of the above checks and maintenance that are shown above, there is still always the chance that you could become unstuck as a result of the winter conditions that could be coming. This makes it important that all motorists make sure that their breakdown membership cover is up to date and fully covers all breakdowns. There would be nothing worse in breaking down at the side of the road and realising when ringing up for assistance that your membership is expired, so make sure you are still covered. You should also make sure that you have.
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