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Winter Driving Tips

Published: 6th January 2010 14:35

Winter Driving Tips from About My Area

Many motorists across the UK were caught out in this week's snowy conditions, and the forecasts indicate more icy conditions to come.Winter driving tips

It is important that you and your car are ready for the next month or two as it is very easy to get caught out.

AboutMyArea have compiled a short list of ideas and tips to help you out this winter.

  • CHECK YOUR TYRES

Check all your tyres for both tread depth and pressure. The roads can be icy and especially greasy in the winter from mud, water and the cold weather.

Your tyre depth should be at least 3mm (1.6mm is the legal limit). You should also check that all your tyres are the correct pressure, under-inflated tyres will reduce stability.

  • VISIBILITY

Make sure you allow yourself enough time to de-ice and de-mist your windows on cold mornings. Add anti-freeze to your window washer fluid and remember that blasting the air conditioning will clear any mist much quicker.

  • DRIVING IN FLOODS AND HEAVY RAIN

If you come across floodwater ensure it is not too deep for your car. Standing water can be deceptively deep and could take you and your vehicle by surprise. It is not worth the expense!

Do not drive through large puddles at speed; not only is it dangerous for yourself and other motorists/pedestrians, it can cause a lot of damage to your car and you could 'aquaplane'.

  • DRIVING IN ICE AND SNOW

Driving in the snow is slow! Stopping distances are ten times greater and the brakes must be applied gently.

When pulling away from icy or snowy junctions it is best to select second gear and ease off the clutch gently, that way the wheels won't spin and slip as much.

Staying in higher gears will generally make driving in the snow easier. Many modern automatic cars have a 'winter' mode that cuts first gear out - if you are unsure refer to your handbook.

 

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