Plan your journey
Planning a trip during the Winter months?
Here are a few tips to help you to your destination safely.
Check the condition of your vehicle - is it ready for winter driving? It is vitally important to make sure your vehicle is adequately maintained and that brakes, tyres, lights, batteries, windscreens and wiper blades are in good condition.
Adapt your driving to suit the conditions, leave extra space between you and the car in front, allow longer breaking times, increase your visibility by turning your lights on if needed and drive more slowly. Be extra aware of cyclists and pedestrians and pay attention to variable messaging signs. Think about where you leave your vehicle, make sure it will not be blocking snow ploughs, sand trucks, etc.
Carrying a few essentials in the car at all times is a good idea. A warm winter jacket (a High Visibility one could be a life saver), a torch, first aid box, a blanket and sturdy boots or Wellingtons are important. Water and de-icer are handy to have at any time.
Check the weather forecast. Only set out if it is safe to do so. Beware of icy conditions particularly during early mornings. Road conditions can change dramatically in the winter months, from being dry in the sunshine to icy in the shade. Do not assume your vehicle can cope with all conditions.
Plan your journey and consider leaving a little more time for travelling, schedule regular stops if you have a long journey ahead and don't drink and drive!