Staying Safe In The Snow


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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Many of us are, although it is the days that come before and after Christmas in which the snow may not be as warmly received by many of us. Snow is beautiful, but it is also very dangerous and can cause a huge headache for drivers all over the northern hemisphere at Christmas. However, there are some ways you can make your car journeys a little more manageable and much safer for you and your family this winter.

Plan

If you are going on a long trip, make sure that you plan the trip thoroughly beforehand. The reason for this is that you can find a route which is less busy, is safer for you to drive, and which is less likely to take you down country lanes.

Allow time

You will need to allow much more time for your journey than if you were to simply drive in the summer. It is safer for you to drive slowly and steadily in the winter because the roads are much more slippery and unpredictable. If you want to avoid having to call your automobile accident attorney, take things slow and don’t make any sudden movements to either slide because you could end up in a spin.

Car checks

Wipes –  are sure before you set off on your trip that the auto wiper function in your car is turned off. The reason for this is that if your screen is covered in ice, the wipers will try to work but they will overload and blow the fuse.

Tyres – you will need to check both the tread and the pressure of your tyres before a long journey in the snow. If your tyres are under inflated you are likely to end up spinning out of control, and if you have no tread there’s no friction to keep you on the road.
Screenwash – make sure that when you are buying screenwash that you buy a brand which can withstand low temperatures. This will prevent it from freezing inside your car and you being unable to use it on your windscreen.

​Survival kit

Like the scouts say, always be prepared. It would be much better for you to set off with too much stuff in the car than not enough. Think about every possible situation you could land yourself in during the winter, and make sure you take everything you need with you in the trunk. You will want all the following things with you in the car at all times during the winter:

  • A hi-vis so that you can be seen in the dark
  • A flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Phone charger
  • Phone
  • Screenwash
  • Deicer
  • Scraper
  • Sponge
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Blanket
  • Shovel
  • Map
  • First aid kit
  • Snow Trax
  • Jump leads
  • A gas tank

If you are prepared and make sure you have all of these things with you in the car, it means if you get stuck in snow you can dig yourself out, contact someone, refill your fuel and keep warm while you wait for assistance.

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