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There’s no doubt that driving in winter is much more of a challenge than driving in summer. You have to contend with darkness, ice and rain amongst other things. Below are some of the most important things to be aware of when driving in harsh winter conditions.
The most important thing to pay attention to when it comes to your tyres is the tread. For driving in winter conditions, it’s recommended that you have at least 3mm of tread. Some people mistakenly believe that reducing the pressure in their tyres will improve the tread but this is simply not true and will in fact reduce stability. The driving conditions in the UK don’t really warrant the use of snow chains but you should certainly ensure your tyres are fit for use for the conditions you face.
Visibility is another key concern during the winter. As well as clearing any snow or ice from all the windows on your vehicle, you should also ensure that your windscreen is clear of any chips, dirt or scratches on both the inside and outside. One of the best tips for ensuring clear visibility during the winter months is to allow your car a good 5-10 minutes to warm up at the start of the day. This way you can use the hot air from your air conditioning to clear your windscreen of condensation and mist.
Snow and ice
When driving in snow and ice, you don’t just have to think about visibility. You should also ensure that you’re prepared for the driving conditions that snow and ice bring about. One very important tip that’s easy to overlook is wearing practical footwear. When you’re getting out of your vehicle, your feet will get wet if it’s snowy or icy so you should wear good, practical footwear with decent grips. This will prevent your feet slipping off the pedals while driving. Another good tip while driving in snow and ice is to start in second car and slowly let your foot off the clutch in order to prevent wheel spin.
Battery and electrics
The electrical systems in your car, such as the lights, wipers and heaters all rely on the battery. Batteries rarely last longer than 5 years so it’s always a good idea to know how long you’ve had your battery and to replace it before 5 years is up. Doing this could save you a lot of headaches down the line.
No matter how careful you are on the roads during winter, it’s still possible for accidents to happen. Because of this you want to make sure you have good cover. You can get taxi insurance quotes from a panel of specialist providers now by clicking the green button below.