From fog to ice, the British winter presents motorists with many challenges. To stay safer behind the wheel, here are some winter driver safety tips.
When the temperature drops, you will often have to de-ice the car in the morning. When you do this, do not just clear the windscreen and windows. If there is snow on the roof, sweep it off or it can fall onto your windscreen while you are driving, blocking your view.
To reduce the risk of a skid, your tyres need a good grip. Although the minimum tread depth is 1.6 mm by law, experts recommend having at least 3 mm, especially in the winter. You might even want to consider winter tyres.
To reduce the risk of accidents, take it slow and leave extra space to the vehicle in front. Stopping distances are 10 times greater in ice, so avoid any sudden manoeuvres. On downhill slopes, reduce your speed and stay in a lower gear. Avoid braking when travelling downhill - If you need to slow down, use the brakes gently.
There is still a chance your car will skid even if you are careful. If this happens, steer gently into the skid. If the back of your vehicle is going left, steer left –or vice versa.
Plan a route and stick to major roads – they are more likely to be gritted. Look out for black ice. As a rule, if the temperature is cold and the road surface looks wet, drive with care. It could be ice, not water.
You are required to use your headlights by law when visibility is less than 100 metres. If it is especially hard to see, use the fog lights. As soon as the conditions improve, remember to switch them off again.
We hope you make good use of our driver safety tips for winter however if you need further help and advice call our Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port garages now for a free no-obligation quote for car repairs Ellesmere Port, Ellesmere Port tyres, MOT Ellesmere Port or Ellesmere Port car servicing appointment for your vehicle at the same time.