Winter is normally one of the worst times to be on the road. The combination of cold weather, rain, ice and generally slippery conditions can make driving treacherous at the best of times. To add to this, the fact that darkness closes in on us at around 4pm can make it even more hazardous and it can make it difficult to see potential hazards on the road, or to identify the problems associated with dangerous drivers.
Avoiding driving on winter is not practical for many people and if you drive to work, to see relatives or for any other reason then it’s a fact that you will have to continue to drive at this time. So if you are heading out onto the roads this winter then it’s crucial that you take the right precautions to ensure that you and your passengers remain safe at all times!
Avoiding an accident is not always as easy as it sounds, but there are ways that you can cut down the risks involved with travelling through the harsh winter months. Some common ways that you could consider cutting down this travel include:
- Keep your car serviced – ensure that your car is up to date and serviced and that all of its important safety features are intact. By doing this you are giving yourself the best possible chance if a road accident is to befall you
- Ensure that you have the appropriate tyres tyres can make all of the difference in winter, so if you are heading out make sure that your tyres have grip and that they aren’t starting to bald. If you are regularly driving in snowy conditions then an investment in snow tyres might not be a bad option either. You don’t have to spend a fortune on tyres either, cheap car tyres can do the trick just as well.
- Only travel when necessary – if you don’t have to travel in that bitter rain and snow then don’t. Unless you have necessary travel arrangements, sometimes it’s better just to stay home and wait the harsh weather conditions out
- Travel on roads that are known to you – if you do have to travel then try and stick to roads that you know well and therefore you won’t be caught out by any unforeseen circumstances or potential obstacles that you might not be prepared for.
- Make sure that your car number plates are clean and in good condition if they are cracked the cold weather will make the split bigger and you should consider replacement number plates before they get any worse.a
Unfortunately not all road accidents can be avoided, but if you do take the precautions to give you the best possible chances then you can help to dramatically reduce the chances of being involved in any potentially serious road accidents – thus protecting the health of both you and your passengers.