Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous when driving. It is important that all Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies.

Be aware of the road

Certain areas of the road may not have have been exposed to the sun and may stay icy, it is important to pay special attention to these places as they are always the highest risk.

Prepare your vehicle

It’s a good idea to have your vehicle fully serviced before the bad weather hits us.
In particular, check

  • Lights are clean and working as they should be
  • The Battery is in good health.
  • Windscreen, wiper blades and other windows are clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash
  • Tyre condition, tread depth and pressure (of all the tyres, including the spare)
  • Brakes are working well
  • Fluids are kept topped up, especially windscreen wash (to the correct concentration to prevent it freezing), anti-freeze and oil

The frost is approaching fast and it is important that we pay special attention to the road conditions.

We recommend that you try to stay in a high gear as possible to avoid over revving, this will dramatically reduce the risk of wheel spin.

We also recommend increasing the distance between you and the car in front, bad road conditions can lead to stopping distance increasing by up to 10 times the usual.

  • Make sure your tyres are inflated correctly

  • Accelerate and brake with more caution

  • Allow your windscreen to defrost before setting off

  • Keep an eye on outside Temperature

  • Allow extra braking distance in cold and icy conditions

  • Do not use cruise control in bad weather

  • Check the tread on your tyres