January 07, 2020 at 2:49 PM
During this time of year, the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes treacherous. Ice, rain, snow and fog significantly increases the risks on the road. Leeway Motor Company want to give you some advice on how to drive safely this winter. If you are looking for a car to get you around this winter, Leeway Motor Company provide some of the best-used cars available in Newport. If you would like more information on the cars available at our showroom please get in touch with a member of the team today on 01633 271 555.
Before You Set-Off
Before you set off on any journey during the winter months it is very important that you ensure that you car is ready for winter by performing all of the necessary checks. Check all aspects of your car including your tyres, brakes and vehicle fluids are all working properly.
You should then proceed to brush away any snow from the vehicle, particularly the windows. It is also extremely important that you clear the rooftop if you leave the snow on there, it could slide down the windscreen which could impair your view of the road which could be extremely dangerous.
When driving in the winter you should make sure that you defrost and demist your windscreen and wipe down mirrors and other windows. This is to ensure that your vision all round is as good as it can be. It is imperative that you do not switch on your windscreen wipers until the windscreen is fully defrosted as it could damage the blade or even the wiper motor if they are turned one while still frozen to the windscreen.
Before you set off it is always a good idea to plan ahead, when making journeys in the winter it is advisable to stick to main roads as they are more likely to be gritted. Leave yourself extra time for your journey to ensure you are able to drive at a sensible speed throughout.
While You’re On The Road
Be extremely wary of fog. It is caused by invisible water vapour condensing in the air, forming water droplets that combine to produce a thick mist that is more commonly known as fog. Visibility can be reduced dramatically in foggy weather, you may only be able to see up to 50m in front of you. This will result in slow-moving traffic, so reduce your speed when it’s foggy outside. You Must turn on your rear and front fog lights!
Other tips include keeping your speed low, try pulling off in 2nd gear to minimise wheel spin and don’t slam on the breaks.
If You Get Stuck
If you get stuck while driving do not rev the engine and spin your wheels constantly as this will only aid your car in becoming deeper into the space that you are already stuck in. To try and get out of space you could place a mat under the wheels to give yourself more traction. You could also move the car backwards and forwards in a rocking motion using the highest gear possible. If all of these methods fail, it might be time to start pushing. If you are really stuck, do not leave your car and call for help. A breakdown or recovery service will come to the rescue in no time at all.
Driving In Snow
Of course, if you can help it it’s not recommended to ever drive in snow or ice, but if you do find yourself doing that, there are a few tips and tricks that you can follow to minimise the risk of an accident.
As always leave extra time for your journey. You will be driving at slow, so leaving extra time for your journey is important as there will be plenty of traffic. You could also try using the accelerator pedal very gently in a smooth and controlled motion to avoid wheel spin. When going downhill, slow down on the approach, use a low gear and avoid using the breaks if you can - using them could cause you to skid uncontrollably.
Leave a large gap between you and the car in front, much larger than the gap that would leave normally. On ungritted roads, it is also important that you do not drive in the snow tracks of others as they can be more slippery than snow.
Ensure your vehicle is well maintained
Check your tyres
Make sure there is antifreeze in your radiator and windscreen washer bottle.
Keep an ice scraper and de-icer in your car.
Pack a winter driving kit in case of an emergency.
Take a phone in case of emergencies but do not use it while you’re driving.
If possible, avoid driving in snow and other dangerous conditions. Never set off when it’s snowing heavily or if the forecast is set to snow, avoiding driving if you can in weather such as heavy rain, fog or icy conditions. You could consider alternatives such as public transport, speak to your employer about working from home especially if you live in a rural area.
Leeway Motor Company
Leeway Motor Company have many years of experience in second-hand car sales. We offer all the usual facilities you would expect to find at a profession used car dealership including finance, extended warranties and part exchange service. If you would like more information on our used cars in Newport please get in touch with our friendly team of experts on 01633 271 555.