27th February 2018
Posted by: Sharon and Gemma

We may be nearing the end of February and spring is just around the corner, however it doesn’t seem like it and the cold weather just doesn’t seem to be budging.

To make things worse, it’s snowing again and it looks like it’s going to get worse at the week goes on.

BEAT THE BEAST FROM THE EAST

Regardless of which part of the Country you’re in, you are more than likely to be affected by the ‘Beast from the East.’ In fact, the Met Office has put alert warnings across the country and it is claimed that some parts of the UK are set to feel colder than the Arctic Circle.

That’s why although you hope for the best, you should always be prepared for the worst. Here we have compiled some of the most important winter driving tips and tricks to keep you safe on the road.

Your Vehicle

  • Ensure all your lights are working
  • Check your brakes are working properly
  • Is your battery fully charged?
  • Check your tyre condition and trade depth
  • Stock up on brake fluid, battery level and screen wash

Planning Your Journey

Whether you’re popping to the shop, commuting to work or going on a longer journey, ensure you have the following:

  • Tow Rope
  • Blanket, Jacket, Warm Clothes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food & Water
  • Mobile Phone & Charger
  • De-icing equipment

Driving in the Snow:

  • Drive slower as the chances of skidding are much higher and stopping distance will increase
  • Avoid overtaking, harsh braking or accelerating
  • Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Use dipped headlights in reduced visibility
  • Stay aware of your surroundings
  • Be prepared for delays, allow extra time for journeys

 

In the event of a breakdown? If the worse does happen and you do break down during the bad weather conditions, pull over when safe and put your hazard lights on. Or if possible, only take the journey if it is absolutely necessary.

Don’t worry – the warm summer weather will be here before we know it!