Winter driving essentials

Winter weather driving checklist

Essential checks and precautions for driving in winter weather such as:

LOW SUN

FOG

HIGH WINDS

HEAVY RAIN

SNOW AND ICE

Did you know?

22% of all UK road accidents are caused by bad weather.


Windscreen - Make sure your windscreen is clean inside and out to avoid low sun glare.

Screen wash - Use at least 50% screenwash concentrate to prevent freezing in frosty weather.

Antifreeze - Its important to check your coolant level and top it up with antifreeze.

Oil levels
- Check your oil levels, make sure its between the minimum and maximum.
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Fuel
 - Its best to keep a minimum of quarter of a tank of fuel in case of delays.

Tyres
- Consider getting winter tyres to improve safety and make sure to check tyre pressure.

Battery - Batteries over 5 years old struggle in cold weather and do not produce the same current that it can in warmer weather.

Lights
- Make sure your lights work and are clean to be sure you can see and be seen.

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Windscreen - Make sure your windscreen is clean inside and out to avoid low sun glare.

Screen wash - Use at least 50% screenwash concentrate to prevent freezing in frosty weather.

Antifreeze - Its important to check your coolant level and top it up with antifreeze.

oil levels - Check your oil levels, make sure its between the minimum and maximum.

Fuel - Its best to keep a minimum of quarter of a tank of fuel in case of delays.
Tyres - Consider getting winter tyres to improve safety and make sure to check tyre pressure.
Battery - Batteries over 5 years old struggle in cold weather and do not produce the same current that it can in warmer weather.
Lights - Make sure your lights work and clean to be sure you can see and be seen.

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Keep your phone fully charged and bring an in-car charger

Sunglasses are good protection from low-sun glare

Take your personal medication with you just in case you get stuck in the winter weather

Its handy to keep a first aid kit in your car at all times

A flat battery is a common winter problem, leave some jump leads in your car and if possible get your battery checked

Get a sat-nav or app on your phone to help avoid accidents or roadworks

Keep a road atlas hand just in case your sat-nav or phone fails

Winter survival kit

Torch

Blankets

Batteries

Warm cloths

backpack

Bag

Snacks

Spade

Water

Ice scraper

Winter driving laws and facts

  • By law you MUST be able to clearly see out of every window and mirror.
  • Studded tyres are illegal in the UK
  • Remove all snow from the roof and bonnet of your car so nothing falls off when driving.
  • Clear any snow or ice from number plate and lights

Winter tips

Travel updates - tune in to local radio stations for traffic  updates and accidents

Don’t use water to de-ice windscreens - hot water can crack the glass, and the water will only freeze again on the screen or on the ground where you are standing.

Locks - Spray some WD-40 to your lock to prevent it from freezing

Stopping distances - are up to ten times greater in snow and ice.

If you are worried your car may not survive the winter speak to us about our range of cars and a loan, or can find your own car from any reputable dealer and we could help with finance

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