It’s crucial to prioritise safety when navigating frosty roads. Whether you’re a seasoned or new driver, these generic tips will help you manoeuvre through challenging conditions.
1.) Prepare for winter conditions:
Before setting out, ensure your vehicle is winter-ready by checking the tire tread, battery health, and brakes. Top up essential fluids, such as antifreeze and windshield washer fluid, and carry an emergency kit with items like blankets, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.
2.) Winter tires for better traction:
Consider investing in winter tires for improved traction on icy surfaces. These specialised tires provide better control and reduce the risk of slipping, especially during sudden stops or turns.
3.) Use Defensive driving techniques:
Maintain a safe distance, anticipate the actions of other drivers, and be cautious at junctions. Defensive driving becomes even more critical in winter when unexpected road hazards are common.
4.) Slow and steady, wins the race:
Reduce your speed in adverse weather conditions, allowing for increased stopping distances. Avoid sudden movements or sharp turns, and use gentle acceleration and braking to maintain control on slippery surfaces.
5.) Stay informed about weather conditions:
Keep an eye on weather forecasts and road conditions before starting your journey. Stay updated on potential hazards, road closures, or delays, and plan your route accordingly.
6.) Visibility is key:
Clear all windows, mirrors, and lights of snow and ice before driving. Replace worn-out windshield wipers, and use headlights to increase visibility, especially in low-light or snowy conditions.
7.) Be mindful of black ice:
Black ice is often invisible, making it particularly hazardous. Approach shaded areas, bridges, and overpasses cautiously, as these spots are more prone to black ice forming.
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