Icy days driving tips

With the recent bout of snow that we are having in the UK it is only logical that we provide you with a list of easy tips that’ll make sure that your journey home is as safe and drama free as you can possibly get. Breakdowns are more common in the winter and road conditions can be really challenging not to talk about your inability to control the driving styles of other drivers on the road. No matter how equipped you think your car is you need to prepare for emergencies and breakdowns that you have not prepared for. This post is going to go through some tips to make sure that you stay safe on your journey home this winter.

Preparing for driving in the winter

  • Firstly, you need to think if it is important that you drive. If the journey can be avoided, then it is best to avoid it.

  • The next thing to consider is the grip of your tyres especially, on icy roads as it can affect your braking distance.

  • Before you set off on your journey you need to make sure that you have packed a phone charger, bottled water, snacks and a warm blanket.

  • Finally, you should always make sure that somebody knows where you are and if you are driving to meet someone they should know your approximate time of arrival. If you have broken down and stranded, you can call out a mobile tyre fitting team to meet you anywhere.

Driving on icy roads

  • If you are going to be driving on an icy road you should be able to anticipate the actions of other drivers to avoid serious injuries.

  • You should also try to accelerate, brake, steer and change gears as smoothly as possible to reduce the risks of skidding.

  • You are advised to drive in a higher gear as this can provide you with a better grip.

  • Finally, if you are driving an automatic it will let you select second gear at a standstill to pull away in.

Car Checks

  • Check your battery to make sure that it is working as it should. Extra demand can drain your battery faster than normal.

  • Make sure that all electrical loads are off (lights, heater, windows, wipers).

  • If the engine doesn’t start up immediately, wait for 30 seconds and start again.

  • If you don’t use your car often, make sure you give it a regular overnight trickle charge.

  • Make sure that you are regularly checking your anti-freeze levels and topping up often.

The last and probably the most important thing to remember is the plan ahead. Make sure that you look up the route you plan of taking ahead of time to account for road blocks, traffic and weather report. You should also plan an alternate route in case you are unable to go with your first choice.

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