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Getting ready for winter is essential for all drivers, especially salespeople and others who depend on driving to earn a living.
Whether you are covering long distances or simply making short journeys, it is worth making sure that you are fully prepared for the problems that can, and often will, arise in winter weather.
In the UK, most years seem to have one or two days of ‘sudden’ cold weather.
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Here in the UK, we have seen some horrible incidents recently. Local to me in Redhill
A lot of these ‘accidents’ could be avoided.
The main problem is SPEED.
If you have your driving lessons booked check with your driving instructor Redhill if you will be taking the lesson because of the condition of the roads.
Also if you have a driving test booked check with your test centre if the test is being cancelled because of the weather.
The main areas that you should consider when thinking about winter driving are…
- STAY AT HOME! Seems obvious but the best advice is to stay at home in the severe weather conditions only travel if you need to.
- When moving off in snow and ice use the highest gear possible – this will usually be second. If you encounter wheel-spin, ease off the gas, otherwise, you will simply ‘polish’ the snow and ice, making it more slippery. ‘Rock’ the car back and forth to get it moving (clutch up and down).
- Try to keep the car moving as smooth as possible, no sudden braking, no sudden steering
- Looking ahead and planning ahead will reduce the risk of sudden braking.
- Ice, unlike snow, is not always easy to see. Any sign of the steering feeling light, allow plenty of time to stop (ten times your normal stopping distance).
Thankfully, it’s not often that we hear of winter deaths due to people being frozen in their cars, at least not in the UK.
However, as weather patterns become more extreme, you can minimise your risk by keeping a ‘winter survival kit’ in your car.
Perhaps the most important advice is that you are safer inside your car than out. It can be tempting to walk a couple of miles home, but in freezing blizzard conditions, this can lead to disaster for anyone who is not fully fit and kitted out with the appropriate winter clothing.
The kit bag.
- A couple of blankets or a good sleeping bag
- Emergency blanket
- A spare, warm coat
- A pair of good outdoor boots and warm socks
- A hat (a woolly/thermal hat is best)
- Warm mittens or gloves
- Chocolate bars – Something to eat
- Dried fruit and nuts (avoid salted nuts)
- At least one bottle of water – flask hot drink
- A folding shovel (Amazon sell a selection)
- Kitchen roll
- Torch (wind up torches)
- A fluorescent vest or jacket
- Medication – if you are on regular medication ensure you have a supply
- In addition, ensure that you have a fully charged phone and car charger.
- Use your phone to let people know where you are regularly.
- Get some extra driving lessons from a professional driving instructor Redhill