Driving In Bad Weather Is Not Snow Joke
As temperatures drop across the country and snow warnings flood the daily news, now couldnâ€™t be a better time to ensure your vehicle is set for winter driving.
Although there tends to be a fall in road accidents during bad weather conditions, due to fewer motorists using the roads, the Department for Transport reported 4,584 road accidents where someone was injured during snow or ice on the road surface last year.
As one of the UKâ€™s leading driving recruitment agencies, Drivers Direct would like to share a few handy tips for winter driving weâ€™ve pick up along the years.
Winter is the time of year when most preparation is required to stay safe on the roads and avoid breakdowns. Before setting off on a journey, always ensure:
- Lights are clean and working
- The vehicleâ€™s battery is working and fully charged
- Check the tyre condition, including tread depth and pressure
- Ensure there is enough screen-wash that is concentrated and suitable for cold conditions
- Ensure you have enough anti-freeze
Itâ€™s important when driving in bad weather conditions to pack an emergency kit in your vehicle, should you beak down or get stuck in traffic. This includes:
- Hazard warning light
- De-icing equipment
- A car blanket
- Emergency rations (drink and a snack)
When driving in bad weather conditions, especially snow or ice, adapt your driving techniques for a safer drive to the following:
- Reduce speed to lower the chances of skidding
- Increase stopping distance
- Avoid harsh breaking
- Used dipped headlights if visibility is reduced
- Slow down before bends and corners
When faced with tougher driving conditions, itâ€™s crucial not to panic and remain safe. Our drivers safety is imperative when delivering a quality service to our clients.