08 Dec 2015
Inspector Gary Jones continues with his “Preparing for Winter Driving” tips
Setting out on your Journey:
- In poor weather conditions, please give serious consideration as to whether your journey is absolutely necessary?
- Check tyres for adequate tread. Poor tyres will not grip when driving on snow and ice. If you live in an area where snow is common it might be worth changing to winter tyres with deeper tread
- Use a good quality screenwash that protects down to at least -35 to prevent the water from freezing. If you don’t, your windscreen wipers could be rendered useless in extreme conditions
- Allow more time in the morning to clear car windows and mirrors of snow before setting off
- Use lukewarm water or de-icer to defrost the outside of your vehicle. You should never use hot or boiling water
- Make sure any auto wiper control is switched off before turning the ignition on as this could blow the wiper control fuse if they are frozen to the screen
- Be prepared for every eventuality by ensuring that your car is equipped with the following: demisting pad, torch (wind-up so you don’t run out of battery), spare screenwash, de-icer, ice scraper, blanket, shovel, phone charger, map and a square of carpet that you can use to put under your drive wheels should you get stuck in the snow.
- Remove snow from the top of your car. Otherwise breaking sharply could cause snow to fall onto the windscreen and hamper your vision or another driver’s
Next Week: Getting Started in the Cold