Driving in the winter can be challenging with darker days, rain, ice and snow. Check out our top 10 winter driving tips to help you stay safe. Keep a ‘survival’ pack in your car. This should consist of things like food, water, a blanket, a torch, a map, some warm clothing and a shovel in case you get stuck.
- Make sure you have a mobile phone on you in case of emergencies, and that it is fully charged.
- Check that you have adequate tyre tread. The legal limit is 1.6mm or above, but for the winter it is recommended to have at least 3mm tread.
- Check that you’re anti freeze and windscreen wash is topped up.
- Adjust your driving style to suit the weather conditions and leave enough time to make your journey safely. If the weather is really bad, only drive if necessary.
- Check that all the lights are working on your car.
- Make sure your fuel is topped up to a good level in case you get stuck in traffic, which is much more likely in bad weather conditions.
- Service your car for winter to ensure everything is working as it should be and that it is safe.
- Check your wiper blades for wear and tear and replace them if necessary.
- Listen to the local radio for traffic and weather reports to help you plan your journey safely.