When it comes to driving in the winter, you have got to be well prepared. At this time of year, the weather gets unpredictable, and road conditions make even short journeys trickier than usual. To make sure you are ready for anything this winter continue reading our article and download the ultimate winter driving checklist we have prepared for you.
De-icer and scraper
It is a legal requirement to keep both front and rear windscreens clear when driving. It is important to spend time clearing ice or snow from the windows before you set off. A de-icer helps to speed up this process, and an ice-scraper helps you to remove stubborn ice.
The battery in a car is more likely to fail in cold weather. Keep a set of jump leads in the car. To use them, you will need access to a second car with a fully charged battery with the same voltage.
In-car mobile phone charger
If you get lost or break down, you will need a mobile to call for assistance. So, keep a charger in your car.
Do not forget to keep extra batteries too, or buy a wind-up model.
Warm clothing and blankets
If you break down, it is likely you’ll have to stand outside the vehicle. That is why it is a good idea to keep some warm clothing - a thick coat, gloves and a hat - inside the car.
It is a good idea to keep a pair of shoes with good grip in your car. When it is wet, icy or snowy, the ground gets slippery.
A shovel helps you to get snow away from your car. If you cannot fit a regular shovel in the boot, foldable ones are available.
Satnav or map
Winter weather makes driving trickier, so if you are embarking on a long trip, you will want to make sure you are going the right way.
Even in the winter, sunlight affects your visibility. Glare can make it difficult to see the road ahead. To stop being dazzled, keep sunglasses in the car.
You can download and print a copy of our winter checklist here. Please do not forget to pass it on to friends, family and colleagues. Stay safe this winter!
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