It’s Christmas time! This means dark nights and wet weather. Driving in the winter may be more challenging than any other time of the year. The dark nights after the clocks go back can bring many more dangers and hazards than usual. Here are some ways you can stay safe on the road this Christmas.
Regularly check your car
Make sure that you are carrying out regular checks on your car. Ensure the headlights and brakes work efficiently. Check the tread depth of your tyres too. This is important as the roads are more likely to be icy, so you want to make sure that your tyres have as much grip on them as possible. We recommend taking your vehicle to a garage for a service, this way you can be sure that your vehicle is prepared for the winter. If you would like to book your car in for a service, you can use our free online booking tool.
Prepare your journey
Preparing your journey is crucial, especially in the winter months. Make sure that you check the weather before every journey, as this can often be unpredictable. A good thing to do is to plan alternative routes. This is so you have a substitute if your main route becomes blocked or impassable. It is also good to have a winter car kit, so you know that you’re fully prepared if anything happens.
Ice or snow
When driving in ice or snow, the chances of skidding are much greater. So, be sure to reduce your speed, and make sure there is plenty of room between you and the car in front. Avoid braking harshly or sharp steering, and take bends and corners slowly. If you are driving in heavy snow, try to stop frequently to clear the windows, lights and number plates.
We’re no strangers to heavy rain – especially living in England. Rain reduces your ability to see, so remember you need about twice your normal braking distance.
It may be a given, but make sure you drive carefully in flooded conditions. Look for an alternative route if the water looks too deep. If you decide to go through it, drive slowly and cautiously. Avoid the deepest parts of the water, which is usually near the curb.
Fog is one of the most dangerous road conditions so only drive in it if it’s completely necessary. Before you begin your journey, make sure that your fog lights are working. Allow plenty of time, take your time and be alert. If you can see the vehicles behind you, switch off your rear fog lights to avoid dazzling them .
Although we may be happy to see a little bit of sun, a low sun can be dangerous while driving. The best thing you can do is reduce your speed. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your windscreen is clean and grease free.
Make sure that your car is prepared for winter by booking a service. Use our quick and easy online booking tool today to avoid a breakdown in this cold weather.
Libby has been working for BookMyGarage since August 2017; writing articles, creating newsletters and handling the social media platforms. She works closely with ex-mechanics and subject matter experts to provide weekly blogs: essential advice on how to care for your car, need-to-know news and developments in the motoring world and helpful tips on how to cut the costs of running and maintaining your car.