According to statistics, the UK's snowiest day is 10th February. Did you know this? I didn't, but then again for the last couple of years we've been lucky enough to escape heavy snow all together let alone on a specific date. Having just said that, go back a few years further and we weren't so lucky and we were snowed in. It was a scary time especially as Matthew worked night shifts and was quite a distance from home. He couldn't stay at work and had no choice but to drive in the snow.
Although we can't control the weather it doesn't mean that you can't be prepared for it and although we've only had one small covering of snow this winter the forecasters have said that we should prepare ourselves for a cold snap this coming week and the possibility of heavy snow. So this is the perfect time to make sure that you and your car are winter ready.
Here are my travel tips for staying safe on the roads this winter:
- Check your tyres before travelling - Make sure they aren’t bald and have the correct PSI, this will give you the perfect traction on the road.
- Check oil and water levels to ensure that your engine is running correctly.
- Have a first aid kit on board - you never know what may happen and although your driving maybe just fine other peoples isn't. If you were to come across an accident being the first person on the scene could make a real difference.
- Carry a high-visibility vest, warning triangle in your car, if you break down or are the first on the scene at an accident you need to be seen so that you don't become involved yourself.
- If you are setting off travelling before the weather gets bad take a flask of tea, a blanket and snacks just in case you get stuck if the weather worsens. It's also worth taking a shovel with you in case you need to dig your car out of deep snow or should you need to help someone else.
- Make sure your screen wash is topped up. There's a lot of mud on the roads in winter and other road users will spray your car. Having good visability is very important.
- Have glass de-icer and an ice scraper to hand. If you work nights or start early on a morning you will probably have the worst of the conditions to deal with. You need to clear any ice or snow before you set off on your journey. It is illegal to just clear a peephole in your windscreen - the whole thing must be clear and if you've had a heavy snowfall ALL snow must be removed from your roof as this is dangerous too - it could fall down on your windscreen or it could fly off your car and into someone else's car.
- Have the right driving skills - there are many driving courses you can go on so that you know how to deal with certain weather conditions. If you are unsure of driving in the wet, snowy or icy conditions then don't drive in them, take public transport, walk if you don't have far to travel or get a lift with someone who is competent.
You can learn more about safe driving from LV= or by looking at the #CarCareClub Hashtag on Twitter. Here you will find lots of information and tips for driving safely in difficult weather conditions.