Are you driving to and from work this week or planning a long commute? We’ve put together some top tips on how to stay safe out there, although we urge motorists to think carefully before getting behind the wheel. What’s more, since Britain is predicted to suffer further snow showers and freezing temperatures, it’s crucial that all drivers are fully prepared for the so-called ‘snow chaos.’
Is your journey essential?
Before leaving the house, consider whether your journey is absolutely essential. Driving in the snow can be very scary as well as dangerous, especially for those who have just passed or perhaps haven’t driven in a while. If you’re planning a short commute then consider walking (providing you have appropriate footwear!) or catch a bus. Don’t put yourself at risk for the sake of going round the corner to grab a loaf of bread and some milk!
Of course, if you need to get to work and there’s no form of public transport nearby then getting behind the wheel could be your only option. With this in mind, it’s extremely important that you are fully prepared for safety purposes and know what to expect from the roads, as you embark on your journey.
Before your journey
Get up at least ten or fifteen minutes early to allow enough time to prepare your car. You’ll need this extra time to perform the following procedures:
Always allow extra time for winter journeys but never jeopardise your safety for punctuality; you may just have to arrive late.
Gentle driving really is the key to safe driving in harsh weather conditions. Remember that stopping distances are ten times longer in ice and snow, so allow enough space between your vehicle and the car ahead.
Get stuck? Straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels.
Avoid car breakdown!
Car breakdowns are more common at this time of year, especially as weather conditions can produce plenty of challenges for even the most experienced drivers. Avoid car breakdown by looking after your car’s battery and electrics and remember to keep topping up the antifreeze.
Read our Avoiding Breakdown blog for more top tips and information on how you can avoid breaking down in the snow.