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Winter safety tips for drivers

Winter is one of the most dangerous times of year for driving any sort of vehicle but the risk of an accident can be greatly reduced by taking some simple precautions.

Checking your vehicle before a long journey is essential. Ensure that there is sufficient engine oil, screen wash and anti-freeze as well as checking the lights, breaks and fuel levels before you set off.

In icy conditions your vehicle will rely on the grip of its tyres so you should spend some time making sure that each tyre is inflated to the correct level and they have at least 3 mm of tread left. You could even consider switching to winter tyres if you are planning on travelling long distances in bad weather conditions.

In freezing temperatures your engine relies on antifreeze to stop water from freezing and causing internal damage. Antifreeze can wear down the longer it is in circulation so it needs to be monitored and changed every 30,000 miles or every two years.

Before embarking on a journey during the winter you should remove any snow or ice from the windscreen, lights and roof of your vehicle. It is illegal to drive with your view obstructed by snow and ice.

When driving in wintry conditions you should drive slowly leaving plenty of room between cars. Approach corners slowly and give yourself plenty of time to turn without the need for harsh breaking.

Keeping an emergency kit in your car will help you get by if you become stranded or break down. Your kit should include a blanket, torch, gloves, snacks, phone charger and de-icer.

The key to driving safely in winter is to allow yourself plenty of time and to be as prepared as possible. To top up on your engine oil or antifreeze visit our online store.