As it often happens in winter Northern regions have been covered with an enormous amount of snow. This was enough to cause chaos and travel interruptions. However meteorological office warns there is still more to come this weekend. So how to stay out of trouble whilst travelling in nasty conditions?
The safest option, of course, is to stay home but sometimes we need to hit the road whatever the weather. Especially this applies to front line workers. So before attempting driving in wintry conditions make sure that the vehicle is prepared for the challenging trip. It doesn’t matter what vehicle you own, driving in heavy snow and ice can be very disastrous. Some cars are better at handling winter conditions than others but that doesn’t make them invulnerable.
How to avoid blowing wiper control fuse?
- Make sure wipers are switched off before turning the ignition on as this could blow the wiper control fuse if they are frozen to the windscreen. Wipers need to be in good working order so you’re able to clean your windscreen effectively.
How to avoid hitting someone with the ice chunks from the car?
- Use de-icer and a proper ice scraper to clear snow off the roof of your car as it can slip down onto the windscreen or rear window. It may even cause an accident if blown off into the path of other road users.
How to avoid skidding when moving off?
- Start in second gear and use the accelerator pedal very smoothly to limit wheel spinning. This doesn’t apply to vehicles equipped with an automatic winter mode that helps to avoid skidding when moving off.
How to go downhill?
- When it comes to going downhill keep the vehicle in a low gear to prevent the need to use brakes repeatedly. Remember to keep an extra distance with the vehicle in front.
How to avoid freezing to death?
- Keep at least half a tank of fuel in the vehicle at all times to avoid being trapped in the middle of the icy road with an empty tank.
- Get extra food such as chocolate or energy bars.
- Take thermos with a hot drink, warm clothing, power bank, flashlight, blankets, first-aid kit,
- Also, a cigarette lighter would be handy to warm a key for a frozen lock.
- Bear in mind that no matter how well you’ve prepared for drastic weather conditions there’s always a chance that your car might let you down. So make sure you’ve got an adequate breakdown cover in place.
How to avoid a nasty accident?
- Get winter tyres or all-season tyres as these offer much-improved grip on the snowy and icy surface compared with standard tyres and they also perform better on cold asphalt. Make sure your tyres are inflated up to the pressure recommended in the owners’ manual and have plenty of treads.
- Use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced then switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t blind other drivers.
- Make sure the battery is good enough as it has to work much harder in cold conditions.
- Plan your route well in advance and leave plenty of time for your journey through ice and snow as rushing is the best recipe for an accident.
- Check the weather forecast for the weekend here:
Always be alert, however, if, despite the safety measures taken, you or your loved ones are injured as a result of an accident that occurred through no fault of yours you have the right to pursue a “No Win – No Fee” Personal Injury Compensation claim. Even if someone else is partially at fault, you can still file a successful claim.