Winter Driving Hints & Tips

Check your tyres – tread depth should be a least 1.6mm but Carillion recommend 3mm as a minimum.to provide additional traction (Tyres should also be inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer)

Inform someone – of your intended route and expected time of arrival

Check wipers and lights – ensure wipers are working correctly. If your wiper blades are showing signs of wear, this is a good time to replace them. Check all vehicle lights work correctly for example full beam and dipped beam is available to you and keep them clean

Clean windscreen, windows and mirrors – and keep them clear of snow, ice or condensation.

Coolant / antifreeze / windscreen washer fluid
Coolant protects your engine from freezing, guards against corrosion. A 50-50 mix of coolant and water is sufficient to avoid your engine freezing up. Be sure to keep the windscreen washer reservoir full. During bad weather, you could use up to two litres of fluid on one trip

Consider your route – You can reduce the risk of being involved in an incident if you can stick to using main roads which have been cleared or gritted.

For more information please visit http://www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/winter/