If you’re looking for tips on how to safely drive during winter, simply check out this video and continue reading to discover 6 valuable tips, that you’ll find useful when winter arrives!
Valuable tips on driving in the winter months:
1. Seriously consider purchasing winter tyres
While you may be tempted to drive in winter without equipping winter tyres, doing so would be a huge mistake as regular tyres don’t provide enough grip to drive on wet, ice or snow covered roads.
Why do you need more grip to control your car in winter conditions? In wet wintery conditions, your car is far more likely to slide around, which is extremely dangerous as if you’re not about to control your car, you may end up sliding into a barrier or another car.
One activity which is particularly dangerous whilst driving in winter is turning around sharp corners, as your tyres need plenty of grip, when your car is making a sharp turn on an unreliable, slippery wet or icy surface.
So if you want to feel confident driving in winter conditions, it’s well worth purchasing a full set of winter tyres, which you’ll be able to fit onto your car, when winter approaches.
2. Make sure that your headlights work properly
As the sun goes down earlier in winter and it often can get dark before 5pm, so it’s crucial that your headlights work properly, so that you’ll be able to safely drive in dark areas. That may not be well lit up by street lights. As while most inner city areas will be adequately lit up at night, in the suburbs and out in more remote areas, working street lights may not be as prevalent.
3. Make sure that you follow other cars from a safe distance
Another way to ensure that you keep safe on the roads, during winter is to make sure to follow other cars from a safe distance. That will allow you to bring your car to a complete stop, in the event of an unexpected emergency, without bumping into or crashing into the car in-front of you. This is also important in case your breaks fail in which case you would need replacement brakes.
If a car follows your car too closely, flash your lights twice quickly, to remind the car behind you to slow down and to create a safe following distance between your two cars. As sometimes other individuals may be unaware that they’re following your car too closely.
4. Make sure that you have an emergency kit in the back of your car
It’s also a great idea to keep an emergency kit in the back of your car, so that you’ll be well prepared in any scenario.
5. If you plan on driving in the snow, make sure to travel with snow chains in the back of your car
If you travel in snowy areas in winter or live in a city where it snows, it’s a wise idea to travel with snow chains. Which are required in scenarios where you plan on driving up steep hills in the snow.
6. Make sure to check your tyres for punctures
Also make sure to check your tyres for punctures, as it’s extremely dangerous to drive with punctures in your tyres
So there you have it six valuable tips on safely driving during winter. That are well worth keeping in mind, when winter arrives!
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