Safety Tips For Travelling in Colder Weather

March 13, 2019Mandi Morrison

Driving in winter conditions can be very dangerous if not handled correctly. To keep you and your loved ones safe you will need to make a checklist of certain items to bring as well as making sure your vehicle is well-maintained.

Driving on snow and ice will require knowledge of safety tips to make the drive as safe as possible, as vehicles can easily slide off the roads and highways. You’ll need to know the items to bring in the case of an emergency if left stranded on the road in your vehicle with no heat to keep you warm. The ones who plan and take precautions are the ones who stay safe. The ones who wont panic if faced with an emergency situation.

To stay safe while on the roads, inspect your vehicle for hazardous conditions. A good maintenance check will prepare you for the open icy roads as well as making sure your vehicle is in good running condition. Check the tyres for tread. A good treading in tyres will prevent slipping and sliding and keep your vehicle on a straight path to your destination. If they are not kept in good condition it could lead to increased risk of blowouts, poor grip on snow & ice, hot tyres, air leakage, hydroplaning. You can easily book tyres online from Elite Direct Chingford Branch.  Do a routine check as well on all the basics of the engine. Check the oil, the brake fluid, battery, lights, heater as well as the defroster. Make sure that everything is filled and in good working order before driving in conditions as these. Doing so will keep you safe and in good hands.

You may want to purchase a plastic bin, big enough for a couple of blankets and towels. If stranded on a road or highway, blankets will come in handy when trying to keep warm until help arrives.

Be sure to bring along an ice scraper for the windshield and all windows to help keep a good view of your surroundings. It helps to be able to see where it is you are going.

Stay alert to all that is around you and drive slow. Remember that the roads are wet with ice and snow, which can cause a vehicle to slip and slide easily. Keep a good distance from other vehicles to ensure enough room when having to brake and slow down, avoiding sliding and preventing accidents from occurring. Never take chances in a winter storm when driving. Be responsible and safe at all times.

Winter weather can create hazardous conditions as the snow and/or rain forms into ice, causing a scary situation for drivers on the open roads. Make sure you have the knowledge needed when attempting to drive in these conditions. Better safe than sorry.

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