Tips for driving safely this winter
For those getting behind the wheel this winter, it’s important that you keep your car in good condition.
We’ve put together a few tips for car insurance policyholders to help prepare your car for the colder weather and help you drive safely this winter.
Preparing your car:
• Ensure you have your car serviced and fix any mechanical problems as this will help reduce the risk of a breakdown
• Be sure to check your tyres - the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, but it’s a good idea to ensure your tyres have at least 3mm of tread depth
• Consider snow chains or winter tyres when driving in snow or on icy roads as these can help improve your cars grip
• Check that all of your car lights are working properly so that you are visible to other drivers in what can be difficult driving conditions
• Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition and don’t forget to check you have enough windscreen wash. This is crucial in winter conditions with gritted roads
• Keep a survival kit in your car in case of an emergency. Include items such as a torch, spade, blankets, food and water, ice scraper, de-icer, and first-aid kit
Preparing for your journey:
• Before setting off on a journey on a winter morning, ensure your windscreen, windows and mirrors are completely clear of ice
• Check your route before you leave, and if you do have to drive in snow then try to use the main roads as these are most likely to be gritted
• When driving leave a sensible driving distance between you and other cars and where possible try to stay away from snow and ice patches
• Keep your speed down, especially in icy conditions
• If possible, avoid steep hills if it is snowy or very icy
• If conditions are bad, consider if you really need to make the journey or if you could reschedule for a time when road conditions are safer.