The head of the AA’s severe weather team has been widely quoted in the newspapers during the past few days, offering excellent advice to motorists on everything from winter tyres and batteries, to suitable driving apparel, during extreme weather conditions.
Darron Burness warned Express readers about the hazards they face and recommended fitting winter tyres. “Even the most experienced drivers can be caught out in these icy conditions,” he explained.
“Some people naively assume that standard road tyres are ‘all season’ ones for year-round use but they’re actually ‘summer’ tyres and aren’t nearly as effective on snow and ice as a proper ‘winter’ tyre.”
He also warned motorists to take extra measures to protect their batteries during the cold weather in the Telegraph recently, commenting: “The main problem is flat or failed batteries, as the car’s electrical system has to work much harder in the cold.
“When you get in your car, switch off all the electrics before starting it – for example, blowers, lights and heated windscreen – and dip the clutch while starting to take some of the load off the starter motor and, in turn, the battery.”
And Burness had more sage advice for motorists at the weekend, when he was again quoted in the Express warning: “If you break down in a vulnerable location, say on the hard shoulder or blind bend, it’s too dangerous to stay in the vehicle, regardless of the weather.
“If you’re just wearing shorts and a T-shirt as our patrols have seen this week you’re going to have a cold wait.”
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Unfortunately, etyres do not supply and fit warm clothes!