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Drive Safely This Winter
11th Jan 2016

As the met office issues several weather warnings, widespread frost and sprinklings of snow is set to cover parts of the UK with temperatures set to plummet below zero.

Bearing this is mind – the following Kahn News feature should be of help to drivers throughout the winter period.

Prepare your car for winter

1. Ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct levels and have plenty of tread left in them this will ensure you will not lose control of your car.

2. Winter tyres are becoming increasingly popular since they offer a noticeably superior grip when temperatures drop to below seven degrees.

3. It is absolutely imperative that you have the correct level of water, antifreeze (usually around 50 per cent each) and coolant levels to prevent your engine from freezing.

4. The wiper blades should be in tip top condition, they should not be so delicate that they are on the verge of being ripped or torn.

5. Make sure that your indicators, head and fog lights are all in full working order.

6. If you would like to put your car through a pre-winter check to flag up any potential problems, contact our representatives on 01274 74 99 99.

It would be prudent to address any issues now as opposed to the side of the road on a freezing dark evening in January or February.

Prepare Yourself

Make sure you have the following in your car at all times: ice scraper, de-icer spray, demister pad or cloth, gloves and torch.

It would also be wise to have some spare bulbs for your car’s exterior lights along with some warm clothing (hi-visibility is preferable) a tow rope and a charger for your mobile phone. If you live in the country side you may also want to carry a snow shovel.

If you find that your car gets stuck in snow and you just cannot move it, stay in the car, leave the engine running and call for help unless potential assistance is visible and nearby.

Move snow away from the exhaust and dig away snow from the tyres and gently rock the car back and forth to gain grip. If that does not work, use car mats, bits of wood or anything else nearby and wedge under the tyres to gain grip.

Drive safely

1. Check for ice before you drive off – anything below four degrees centigrade means ice is likely.

2. Avoid minor roads, plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted and cleared of snow.

3. Foresee situations well in advance, your usual stopping distance should be increased threefold so that you are not relying on just your brakes to stop.

4. Under any circumstances, do not risk losing control of your vehicle - it is important to take care and slow down.

5. If you are driving in wet conditions, rather than using first gear for improved control – drive in a higher gear – this would be better for you.

6. Slow down before you approach bends, thus by the time you turn the steering wheel you have already slowed down.

 

Joe Lomas

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