How to stay safe in winter on the roads

 

Extra Grippe Winter Tyres help in cold climates and icy roads
Extra Grippe Winter Tyres help in cold climates and icy roads

In the winter driving conditions at times can be difficult at the best of times, from slippery roads to it getting darker quicker at night, driving in the winter is no easy task compared to the summer just a couple months ago. In the winter you must respect your environment and not take the conditions lightly, it is advised to drive with extra care and watch out for drivers who are not as aware as you! As in winter there are a lot of added risks and here are some tips on how to stay safe on these winter roads.

Winter driving in bad conditions, queuing traffic and ice roads slow down your journey
Winter driving in bad conditions, queuing traffic and ice roads slow down your journey

After a frosty or snowy night the first thing you should before even driving your car is to clean it off any snow or frost covering your windows. This ensures you have maximum visibility on the road and can see all angles to avoid an accident. It is recommended leaving your house around 5-10 minutes before you leave for something like work to ensure you arrive on time and there is no rush.  After you set off always be aware of how the traction on the road is and if you experience any slipping it is a good idea to drive a little slower and treat turns with extra care, no matter how late you are! This includes accelerating slowly to allow your tyres to grip the roads; the same applies for braking as well. To ensure you are safe when breaking it is advised to drive a little further behind the car in front of you as if the car you are behind needs to brake suddenly, you will not have to suddenly slow down possibly causing your car to become out of control as it slides across the slippery road. This situation is one of the leading causes of accidents in the winter.

If you encounter a hill when driving in the winter, this can often lead to an unexpected problem which many people encounter and do not know how to deal with. What many people assume is you should slam down the pedal and tackle it with an excessive speed boost, but that is probably the most dangerous way to approach this situation. As this causes your tyres to spin and therefore lead to a lack of momentum and speed when ascending the hill. This can be particular dangerous to any driver who may be closely following you behind. To avoid this just slowly accelerate to maintain maximum traction and to maintain a steady speed, but at the same time be cautious not to go too slow as it can be very hard to get going again.