The nights are pulling in, and there’s a cold bite in the air that can only mean one thing – winter is coming. At WiseDriving, staying safe behind the wheel is our number one priority, so we’re here to help you brush up on your winter driving skills.
1. Get up 10 minutes earlier Winter brings with it all the extra joys of de-icing your car and preparing for your frosty journey to work, or chilly school run. Make sure you’re up a few minutes earlier than normal to start your car and clear your windscreen – you don’t want to have to rush off with half of your windscreen still frozen. 2. Keep some de-icer handy! When you’re in a rush to leave for work, the last thing you want is a frosted-up windscreen! Just like the above, clearing a frosty windscreen is much easier with some de-icer. Make sure you’ve got some in your car, to get you on the road and on your way that little bit faster. 3. Keep your windows and lights clean Now that the nights are pulling on, you might be driving home from work in the dark (or even to work – if you’re an early bird!) Making sure that your windscreen is clean, and your lights aren't foggy will help your visibility on those dark roads. 4. Keep an eye on your tyre treads Wet and slippy weather can play havoc with your grip on the road. Give your car a fighting chance by making sure that your tyres have got enough tread. 5. Slow and steady wins the race Give yourself extra time to complete your journeys. Wet and icy roads will be much harder to grip than usual, so pulling away quickly or braking sharply might cause your car to skid or slide. 6. Wear comfortable shoes to drive in Make sure that you’ve got a change of shoes in the car, you don’t want your feet slipping off the pedals, or not being able to feel them properly if your shoes are too clunky. 7. Plan your routes carefully Try to use main roads, as they’re more likely to have been cleared and gritted. Plus, the extra light from the streetlights can’t hurt either! 8. Check your cold and flu medicine – we don’t want drowsy drivers! With winter comes the inevitable runny nose and sore throat. But be careful, some cold and flu medicines can cause drowsiness, so make sure to check the label first.
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