Winter Driving Tips

Whether you’ve been driving for years, or just passed your test in the last few months, winter driving is always a little different. There are icy conditions to think about, cold weather, misty windscreens, and cold hands to manage. Even people that have been driving for 30 years can sometimes hate driving in the dark. It can be a lot to get your head around. Especially if it’s your first year on the road or you are driving an older car which might not help you out as much as a more modern vehicle.

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Give Yourself Extra Time

One of the things about winter is that you can never be quite sure how the roads are or how your car might behave. You can check the forecast, and the roads outside your house might be fine, but that doesn’t mean your journey will be smooth. It’s important that you drive more slowly and take your time. Others will be doing the same, so leave longer for all journeys.

Buy a Scraper

Most modern cars have heated windscreens. So, in theory, we should never need to be stood outside freezing, scraping the windscreen. But, many of us are terribly impatient and will be itching just to get out and do it anyway. Buy a good scraper that will do the job quickly without causing damage.

Check Your Tires, Brakes and Lights Often

You should check the safety of your car before any long journey, but especially in the winter. It’s critical that your tires, brakes and lights are working at their best, so check them before every journey and head straight to a garage if you have any concerns.

This won’t just ensure your car is safe to drive. In the event of another car causing an accident, Babcock Partners can help afterwards, but it could be your own tires that help you get out of the way.

Accelerate Slowly

Your car with has less traction and grip in icy weather. Attempt to set off quickly, and you could find your car spinning out of control. Accelerating slowly, and continuing at a smooth, even speed with no sudden acceleration helps you keep control of the car and avoid any slipping and sliding even in the worst of conditions.

Leave Plenty of Room

It’s best to avoid trying to fit into small spaces in the winter, when the roads may be slippery and especially in snowy conditions. One small slip can be all it takes to send a manoeuvre off course, so try to give yourself plenty of space to work with whenever you can.

Wrap Up Warm

If you drive a modern car, you may think that with all its heating options and controls, you don’t need to worry about wrapping up yourself. But, what if something goes wrong? If you break down in the middle of nowhere and have a long wait for help, not being dressed correctly could be dangerous. If you find driving in layers uncomfortable, at least keep some spares and waterproof shoes in the car for emergencies.

Driving in winter is perfectly safe as long as you are careful. Give your journeys a little more care and consideration, and you will be fine.