Take extra car when driving in winter weather
Simon Gray, managing director of Credo Asset Finance, offers some driving tips to help get you through winter.
As the winter months approach, so do cold temperatures and dark mornings. While there are many exciting things about winter, there are also some dangers too – the most dangerous being the higher risk when driving.
Even the most capable and experienced drivers can be caught out by some bad weather or the feared ‘black ice’, while late sunrises and early sunsets mean most people doing their daily commute will be driving in darkness and the cold temperatures bring a greater risk of wet and icy roads.
According to the Department for Transport around 30 to 40 people are killed every year on roads due to ice and snow, 250 seriously injured and about 2,000 are slightly hurt.
With 2,000 accidents on average every winter it’s important to make sure you have prepared yourself and your car for the weather and driving conditions.
To help you combat the dangerous roads, and get you through until the spring, I have compiled a list of useful tips to help you this winter. While some may seem obvious, it’s always good practice to remember them!
Avoid driving when you’re tired.
Make sure your tyres are properly inflated.
Keep your fuel tank at least half full to avoid fuel line freeze-up.
Do not use cruise control when driving on a slippery surface.
Make sure your exhaust pipe isn’t clogged full of snow.
Ensure all lights are working.
Keep number plates clean to avoid fines.
When driving uphill, leave enough room so you don’t have to stop part way up.
Keep a constant speed and try to avoid changing gear going uphill.
When driving downhill, try slowing down before getting to the hill – use a lower gear and try to avoid using the brakes.
Leave as much room as possible for the vehicle in front.
Brake gently to avoid skidding.
Allow extra time for every journey.
Article sponsored by Credo Asset Finance, 85 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0HF.
Phone: 01603 703180.
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