Top Tips for… Winter Driving
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
Is the journey absolutely necessary?
• Check the weather forecast
• Check travel information and road conditions on local radio
• Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of fuel
•Give an estimated time of arrival at your proposed destination
ON YOUR WAY
If you get into trouble, don’t panic!
• Try not to abandon your vehicle, stay with it until help arrives
• If you are forced to leave your vehicle make yourself visible by wearing a fluorescent jacket or vest
• Let someone know where you are and your intentions
Snow reduces your visibility, so always used dipped headlights. Lack of adhesion can occur even on treated roads so drive slowly in the highest gear possible, manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking.
Ice is often difficult to see on the road. If you suspect that the road surface you are on is icy, slow down, steer gently and avoid harsh braking until you come to a stop.
Rain reduces visibility, particularly from vehicle spray. Always use your dipped headlights and reduce your speed. Slow down when night driving as the glare from headlights worsen on wet conditions.
Hail can occur unexpectedly, slow down, use dipped headlights. After a hail storm the road becomes very slippery, so be aware.
Fog, drive slowly using dipped headlights. When your visibility is below 100m. (328ft) use your front and rear fog lights. Don’t forget to switch them off when visibility improves. When ‘FOG’ is shown on a roadside signal but the road appears to be clear, be prepared for a bank of fog ahead. Fog can drift quickly and is often patchy.
If you follow these simple tips, then you should have a trouble free winter when driving. If you have any questions then contact the MT Section who are more than happy to help!