Safe driving during winter weather

Winter holidays are the perfect time for trips to exciting destinations. Although you don’t necessarily have to travel to other countries, you do need to plan the trip carefully, because especially during winter the risk of car incidents increases with all the snow and the icy road. Therefore one must take all safety precautions. Here are some key things that you need to consider when you go out in your #SeasonalTravels.

Check weather conditions in advance

Before heading off, listen carefully to weather forecasts and stay up-to-date with the latest information. You can also use phone applications that constantly monitor the weather.

Prepare your car properly

Make sure your car is ready to cope with low temperatures and seasonal weather conditions (snow and ice). The cold season puts a strain on the car’s battery much longer than the rest of the year. It is therefore advisable to check the battery periodically during winter.

Make sure you have a full gas tank and go to the gas station when the fuel level reaches half. That way you will always have a safe heating source in case of traffic jam.

Headlights and Brakes

Drive with the headlights on and make sure they are clean for maximum visibility. The braking distance is 10 times higher on snow and ice than usual, so it is wise to maintain a greater distance than usual in front of the vehicle and not to perform maneuvers requiring very fast reactions of the car. Clean the windows very well and be sure you can see everything that’s happening on the road.

If it is a new car, adapt to how it reacts on slippery surfaces. It is advisable to consult the car manual for instructions on how to brake in the event of skidding. If you use a rented car, do not forget to accept the insurance clause, and if you go with your car, the best idea is to secure it using a reputable company. If you do get involved in a traffic accident you can also claim compensation by contacting reputable services such as Slater & Gordon Lawyers

Have emergency supplies with you

If the situation requires, you may have to call the emergency number and you will need to provide all the information necessary for the rescue crews to arrive as quickly as possible. Make sure you have the phone charged when you go on the road, and also have an external battery with you.

Prepare an emergency kit to have permanently in the car, which should contain at least: an extra recipient with fuel, reflective equipment (vest, triangle, etc.), winter shoes in case you have to leave the car, shovel, a blanket and thick clothing in case you have to wait several hours for a rescue crew, water, food and hot drink in a thermos.

Adapt to each situation

If the car breaks down completely and you cannot use it, try to move it off the road since there is the possibility of accidents happening if you leave it there. You also need to call the emergency number as soon as possible and signal the car using all possible means (reflective triangles, etc.).

Wear dry and comfortable shoes when driving, because wet, snow-covered boots slip on the pedals. Pay extra attention when passing on or below bridges or on train tracks, since those sections are more slippery than the rest of the road during snow conditions or ice. If you have any other useful recommendations please share them below, and always stay safe!

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