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Winter Driving Tips

Driving during winter takes a little extra effort. There are a number of things you need to do - ensure your car is roadworthy and prepare for your journey. The British weather is unpredictable so prepare for winter early. Take a look at our tips to keep you safe on your journey.

Prepare Your Car

Preventative maintenance is key and so it is a good idea to have your car fully serviced before the winter as the weather can change at any moment. Either way it is important you check the following:

  • Lights and indicators should all be working
  • Battery should be fully charged
  • Wiper blades need to be in working condition
  • Brakes are working
  • Anti freeze is topped up
  • Check the aircon is working in order to clear the mist
  • Check tyres - tyre tread should be at least 3mm

See how to carry out safety checks on your own car:

Kevin Clinton, Head of Road Safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has created this video about checks that can be easily carried out on your vehicle.

Experts Top Tip: Read about our Top 10 Car Kits, for a range of budgets - it's worthwhile keeping a winter car kit in the boot of your car.

Prepare Yourself

Driving during winter is a bit more difficult and it would be wise to prepare before you head out on your journey, ensure you:

  • Keep up to date with the weather
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you are expected to arrive at your destination
  • Fully charge your phone
  • Fill your fuel tank
  • Leave early to allow for poor driving conditions
  • Take a GPS but be aware they sometimes take you on the shorter route instead of the safer route
  • Keep a winter car kit in your boot - it can save you in an emergency

Prepare to Adjust Your Driving

The changes in the weather challenge our driving skills and it is advisable to drive slower and more cautiously during heavy rain, fog or snow.

  • Simple acts like braking, slowing down and speeding become hazardous
  • Avoid harsh braking, rather slow down by decelerating
  • Increase gaps between you and the vehicle in front
  • Signal early to allow those behind you to respond safely