Winter is here and will get worse over the next few months now, so we have put together some helpful tips to make sure your vehicle and you are safe and more importantly you enjoy the travel safely.
Before you set off:
Check tyres for wear often and replace if necessary. The legal limit for tread depth on tyres is 1.6mm, but safety experts at Continental Tyres recommend a minimum of 3mm for wet weather safety. Ensuring tyres are correctly inflated will also improve your cars handling as well as saving you money.
Plan ahead and allow enough time to get to your destination.
Ensure you have the correct tyre pressure and tread depth
Book your car in for a winter service and keep up maintenance
Use antifreeze in the radiator of your car and in your windscreen wash
Keep windscreens and mirrors clean to avoid glare of a low winter sun
Keep your battery fully charged and replace if it becomes unreliable
Keep lights clean and check bulbs regularly
Carry a ContiComfortKit which will keep you moving if you have a puncture
Put together an emergency kit, such as food, drink, torch and extra clothing, for journeys in severe winter weather, and keep it in the back of your car
On the road:
Visibility is vital. Keep your windscreen and windows clear
Reduce your speed on slippery surfaces and avoid harsh braking or acceleration
At low speeds use second rather than first gear to avoid spinning the wheels
To slow the car change down and use engine braking but if you need to use the brakes apply them gently
Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front – in rain, ice and snow leave enough space to stop safely
Allow up to ten times the normal braking distance, especially on motorways
Use a higher gear to avoid spinning the wheels when starting off or climbing hills
In a diesel car you can often climb slippery slopes or hills by putting the car into 2nd gear, engaging the clutch slowly and let the engine run at idling speed-the car will climb slowly without the use of the accelerator
Continental produces winter tyres in 200 sizes and is the leading supplier of winter tyres in Europe.