It’s good to see the emergency services weighing in with warnings to motorists about how to take extra care on the roads during the winter months.
Every detail from making sure your tyres are in good condition to knowing what to do if you go into a skid is essential if drivers want to keep safe whilst driving, according to the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Motorists are advised to stay off the road if severe weather hits in their area however if this is not possible, the fire service is urging drivers to ensure that they are prepared for winter driving conditions with the following advice:
Plan your journey
• Check the local and national weather forecasts before you travel.
• Listen to local and national radio for travel information.
• Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive.
• Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots and a torch.
• In snowy conditions, take a spade.
• Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen scraper and de-icer.
• In winter it is even more important to check your vehicle is well maintained and serviced. Keep the lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow.
• Keep your battery fully charged.
• Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer bottles.
• Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order.
• Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure.
Adjust your driving to suit the conditions:
• keep a safe distance from the car infront, when roads are icy or slushy, it can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road.
• Drive slowly, allowing extra room to slow down and stop.
• Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin.
• Manoeuvre gently, avoiding harsh braking and acceleration.
• To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently.
• If you start to skid, ease off the accelerator but do not brake suddenly.
Denna Bowman, Head Office