Winter driving can be a challenging and sometimes treacherous task, especially when faced with snow-covered roads, icy patches, and limited visibility. It is crucial to prioritise safety and make the necessary preparations to handle the cold weather and difficult driving conditions.
Here in North. Wales we’re not that often blessed with these conditions for long periods of times but after Archie & his Daddy’s drive out today we thought best outline some essential tips to help you stay safe while navigating winter roads.
Prepare your Vehicle
Ensure your vehicle is in good condition: Check your levels (oil, screen wash, coolant, brake fluid, PAS) Check your battery, tyres, brakes, headlights, and windshield wipers..
If you’re not confident in checking the above please give us a call on 01745 854462 and arrange to pop in so we can check them for you.
Consider equipping your car with winter tyres for better traction
Keep your fuel tank at least half-full: This helps prevent fuel lines from freezing and provides extra weight for better stability.
Monitor weather forecasts: Stay updated on weather conditions and potential storms to plan your trips accordingly.
Allow extra time for travel: Winter roads can be slower and more hazardous, so give yourself ample time to reach your destination.
For our local readers avoid roads like Gwaenysgor etc
Reduce speed: Slowing down is crucial during winter conditions, as it allows you more time to react to potential hazards.
Increase following distance: The standard three to four-second rule for following distance should be increased to at least eight to ten seconds in icy or snowy conditions.
Be gentle with the brakes and accelerator: Applying brakes abruptly may cause skidding, while rapid acceleration can cause tires to spin on icy or slippery patches.
Use lower gears: When driving on slippery roads, use lower gears to maintain better control of your vehicle.
Maintain Clear Visibility
Clear off snow and ice: Remove all snow from your car (including the roof) to avoid obstructing your view or endangering other drivers.
Ensure wipers and defrosters are functional: Clean your windscreen thoroughly, and keep the wiper fluid reservoir filled.
Keep your headlights on: Even during daylight hours, turning on your headlights improves your visibility to other drivers.
Be Cautious with Bridges and Overpasses
Be aware that these areas may freeze first, as they are exposed to cold air from above and below.
Approach bridges and overpasses with reduced speed and avoid sudden manoeuvres.
Stay Alert and Focused
Avoid distractions: As always do not use your phone or engage in any activities that divert your attention from the road.
Watch out for black ice: Be mindful of shaded areas, ramps, and bridges, as black ice can be difficult to spot and causes increased risk of skidding.
Stay well-rested: Fatigue affects reaction times, so ensure you are adequately rested before heading out on a winter drive.
Winter driving requires extra caution, preparation, and attentiveness. Adhering to the aforementioned tips can significantly increase your safety while traveling on winter roads. Remember, a little extra effort and care can go a long way in ensuring a smooth and secure journey for you and other drivers on the road.
If we can offer any advice at all just give us a call anytime or pop in and see us – the kettle is always on.
Archie, Nick and the rest of the Celtic Crew