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Top Winter Driving Tips

Driving in Winter
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The blog this week is about driving safely during the winter. Now there are less daylight hours most of us are finding our work and home commutes are being done in the dark. We will also start waking up to ice and possibly snow as the cold weather starts. We thought we would put some top tips together to help you navigate safely through the season. Read on to find out more:

  1. Set off earlier than normal to allow for winter weather conditions. If it is icy everyone will be driving much slower than normal- it is worth noting – ask yourself if the journey is essential. Allow yourself the extra time to drive more slowly and carefully. Other motorists will be driving slowly, and overtaking may not be an option. You don't need the stress of being late for an appointment or work - you must concentrate on your driving not clock watching.
  2. Clear the snow off all your windows and don't forget your mirrors too, before you set off on your journey. Do not use water to de-ice windscreens. Hot water can crack the glass, and the water will only freeze again on the screen or on the ground where you are standing. Preferably use a scraper. Antifreeze is incredibly harmful to cats and dogs, which they can ingest from cleaning their paws after walking through it on the ground or they can drink it from the floor. Antifreeze tastes sweet to cats. So please be mindful of pets when using antifreeze.
  3. Don't leave the snow on the roof of your Volvo or Toyota. It has been known to slide forward under braking and cover your windscreen. Also it's dangerous for the car behind you to have your snow fly and hit their windscreens. 
  4. Clear your front and rear lights, so other people can see you and your signals. They can then see if you are slowing down or getting ready to make a turn and they can alter their driving accordingly.
  5. Use dipped headlights not main beam during the day.
  6. Keep warm clothing in the car – if you breakdown you will need to get out of the car whilst waiting for recovery. So things like a warm coat, hat, gloves and a scarf are essential.
  7. Another good thing to carry in your Volvo or Toyota would be a couple of bits of old carpet or some cat litter to put under the tyres if you become stuck. If you live in an area where there can be lots of snow that could be very slow to clear-a shovel in the boot could be very helpful too. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

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