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Tips on How to Stay Safe When Driving in Winter

Winter is a difficult time for removal companies; in fact it’s difficult for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road. There are a few extra precautions you should take with your vehicle during this cold spell. Many people shy away from cleaning their vehicles because they think it will just get dirty again due to snow and rain.

At this time of year, it’s vitally important you keep your lorry or car clean. The obvious parts to pay attention to are the headlights, tail-lights and windows. Visibility can be really poor, so it’s important people can see you, as well as you being able to see them. Make sure you have a screen wash with some anti-freeze in it. The last thing you need when you're on the road is for you to try to clean your windscreen, only to find the water just freezes on the glass.

It’s also important your vehicle is adequately “kitted” out. If you’re going on a long journey, keep warm blankets and water with you. If you breakdown, it might be a while before a rescue service can get to you. Another thing that many of us forget about is the sun.

In winter, the sun sits much lower in the sky than it does at other times of year, and this causes a huge amount of accidents. Always have a pair of sun glasses in your vehicle, and make use of your sun-shields. There is nothing worse than turning a corner and being temporarily blinded by the sun. It’s also a good idea to use some form of tint across the top of the windscreen, as this will help to keep the sun out.

Aside from the above, the most obvious thing people who are moving around in their vehicles can do is to SLOW DOWN! Icy conditions can cause a vehicle to slide about, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, this could result in you ending up in a ditch.

Take some of the precautions mentioned above and you won’t end up like thousands of others at this time of year (in a ditch, or worse, colliding with another vehicle)!

 

Author: Julie Coburn

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