Driving throughout winter can be tricky when snow and ice cover the road, especially if you’re out on a job early and coming home late.
If duty calls, there is no alternative to packing your tools and heading off to a job.
Following the recent snowfall and freezing temperatures, the Tradesure team has put together a few simple techniques, which can be used to make sure you are as safe as possible when you do have to venture out in your motor.
There are a few basic things you can do before setting out in your vehicle to make your journey as straight-forward as possible, no matter how treacherous the conditions are or how far you have to go.
It is wise to plan your journey and route out before getting in your vehicle, as this means you can then focus on the roads and your safety rather than navigation.
Being prepared for the worst is also a good idea, so make sure you have a few essentials packed in the vehicle such as a:
First aid kit
There are a number of things which need to be checked before driving in icy winter conditions.
For instance; make sure that your wipers are in perfect working order and your screenwash is stocked up to prevent any windscreen issues.
It is also important to remember to check that your tyres have adequate tread on them, as driving in ice obviously means you will have less grip on the road, to begin with.
This is particularly important if you are driving around with heavy equipment or cargo, as this can make braking distances longer.
Once you are on your way, accelerating gently and keeping in as higher gear as possible is a good idea, as low revs will help to reduce wheel slip.
There can be lots of issues around tackling hills in the ice, and so it is advisable to leave lots of room both in front of you and behind you before beginning the incline.
This means that not only do you have space if you start to slip, but you can also maintain a constant speed.
If things get really bad but you need to get your motor out, tire chains can give you that added grip on the road that can make all the difference on those cold dark mornings.
With crashes more common in winter months and rough weather, it is important to make sure you have the right insurance for your motors.
For any of your insurance needs, call the Tradesure team today on 0121 248 9300
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