November 23, 2017

WATCH OUT THIS WINTER: SAFETY TIPS FOR KEEPING SAFE ON THE ROADS AS THE WEATHER WORSENS

writeonmotoring_winter_driving_safety_tipsAs UK motorists continue to cut corners on car maintenance due to the economic pinch, Roadside Assistance and Vehicle Recovery Service GEM Motoring Assist reveals top-tips on how to easily prepare your vehicle for the winter months ahead, to ensure you stay safe on the road as temperatures drop and conditions worsen.

GEM Chief Executive, David Williams MBE, comments: “Each year, we work hard to provide crucial information and advice to keep drivers safe on the roads. Carrying out the necessary checks ahead of the winter weather, and being properly prepared, could make all the difference between a safe journey and one that could potentially end in disaster.

“We know that tighter budgets and rocketing fuel costs have had a negative impact on motorists’ car maintenance habits, as many see it as a low priority in these tough times, however, this lack of care will undoubtedly make cars less reliable, and driving an unsafe vehicle puts drivers, passengers, and other road users in unnecessary danger.”

Driving technique is also a vital consideration during winter driving. Much more time and space should be allowed when driving in cold conditions, as stopping distances increase tenfold and the slightest over-steering or braking can cause complete loss of control.

GEM’s winter driving checklist:

  1. Check that your vehicle is properly maintained and fully serviced
  2. Ensure tyres have plenty of tread depth, are in good condition, and correctly inflated (don’t forget the spare) Or for even better control and grip in cold weather, consider fitting winter tyres.
  3. Radiators must contain anti-freeze and also check that the cooling system is free from leaks
  4. Batteries must be in good condition (many garages/ battery suppliers will carry out this check free-of-charge)
  5. Ensure windscreen wipers and washers are working effectively
  6. Washer bottles must be full and contain anti-freezing/ cleaning additive
  7. Clean all lights and check they are all working properly
  8. All windows and mirrors must be clean and clear from snow and ice before driving
  9. Keep fluorescent/ high visibility jackets in the car, in case of a breakdown situation
  10. Store extra clothes or blankets in the vehicle, in case of a breakdown

Video on taking suitable precautions for winter driving

 

 

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