Winter Driving Tips

1. Arrange a service for your vehicle

2. Leave more space - remember braking distances are doubled in wet weather. They increase 10 fold in icy conditions - ensuring you have enough time to brake safely. Remember the 2 second rule - between you and the vehicle in front!

3. Check your tyre tread - a deep tread will help to prevent skidding in wet and icy weather. Check your vehicle maintenance book for information.

4. Be more aware when driving - anticipate the road ahead. During winter this means driving a little slower. When approaching junctions reduce your speed and select a lower gear to prevent sudden braking. If you feel the car beginning to slide on ice, take your foot off the accelerator and steer gently into the direction of the skid.

5. Check your tyre pressure - ensure that your tyres are inflated to the recommended pressures.

6. Plan your route - if the weather is bad try and avoid minor roads and instead stick to major roads, these are more likely to have been gritted. Check the met office website before leaving - www.metoffice.gov.uk

7. Check your antifreeze - make sure that your washer bottle is topped up with a 50/50 mixture of windscreen antifreeze. If unsure what to do check with your car dealer or local car maintenance store.

8. Carry essential 'rescue' equipment:

In the boot:

Tow rope

Spare bulbs

Shovel

Hazard warning triangle or similar

Spare wheel -  ensure its road worthy, tread, pressure)

High visibility jacket

Jump leads

Wellingtons or similar

In the car:

De icing equipment

First aid equipment (basic)

Working torch

Car blanket

Keep your mobile phone charged

Bottled water/chocolate bar or something to eat

9. Check your wipers - they work harder during the winter months!

10. Plan your journey - set off earlier so that you are not in a rush and give yourself extra time to make sure that all the windows are de iced and demisted.