Driving in the winter is very different than in other times of the year. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness (especially after the clocks have gone back) makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over recent winters, with prolonged periods of heavy snow and floods.
In very bad conditions, avoid driving completely, unless you absolutely have to make the journey and driving is the only option.
Different weather conditions create different hazards throughout the Winter and in different areas of the country at different times. A single journey may take us into very different weather, road and traffic conditions, so we need to be prepared for each one. This means that we need to adapt the way we drive to the conditions.
PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE
It’s a good idea to have your vehicle fully serviced before winter starts and have the anti-freeze tested. If you can’t have it serviced, then do your own checks. In particular, check:
- Lights are clean and working
- Battery is fully charged
- Windscreen, wiper blades and other windows are clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash
- Tyre condition, tread depth and pressure (of all the tyres, including the spare)
- Brakes are working well
- Fluids are kept topped up, especially windscreen wash (to the correct concentration to prevent it freezing), anti-freeze and oil
RoSPA has produced a film illustrating the most important things to check and how to do so. The film is available at.
It’s also a good idea to stock up on de-icer, windscreen wash, oil and anti-freeze at the start of Winter.
Health, Safety and Environmental Manager
Tel 0191 5116000 ex 03080