Here’s How You Can Help Your Car Survive Winter
It’s that time of year again when the roads are icy and Dentscratch Ltd see even more cars than usual in need of body repair Aldershot! So just what can be done to keep our cars and ourselves safe from scrapes, scratches, dents, and even crashes? Luckily for you, we’ve put together a quick list of how to look after yourself on the roads this winter – just makes sure you follow it!
- Carry extra headlight bulbs in winter, and familiarise yourself with the process of changing them.
- Similarly, check that your hazard lights are functional – you never know when you’ll need them, especially in winter.
- Your windscreen should be thoroughly cleared and demisted before setting off, so as not to impair visibility. Neglecting to do this not only runs the risk of you getting into an accident, but you could even be arrested for careless driving!
- Remember to see and be seen! Reduce the likelihood of accidents by keeping yourself visible and remaining vigilant of your surroundings.
- You should reduce your speed when out in snowy or icy conditions and drive slower than usual.
- Snow and ice massively increase braking distances, so keep further back behind other vehicles than you would in normal conditions.
- Keep unnecessary journeys to a minimum when the roads are covered in ice or snow.
- Learn to recognise when it’s simply too dangerous for you to drive, and stay off the roads during these times.
- When driving on ice or snow, endeavour to drive as smoothly as possible and to keep jerky movements to a minimum. Try to accelerate and break as gently as you can.
- Keep to main roads that have been gritted (especially bus routes) – sometimes it’s best to suffer through traffic for the sake of safety.
- Keep your car stocked with a “winter survival kit” including items like a phone charger, boots, food and drink, a shovel, a scraper, de-icer, a torch, and rope.