Pryers Winter Driving

Stay safe this winter

The Met Office has predicted an Arctic freeze and up to eight inches of snow being expected in some parts of the UK this Christmas. Snow fall, high winds and gales will lead to a short period of blizzard conditions thanks to an Arctic maritime air mass which will spread across the country.

The temperature change will come after what has been a particularly mild November, with some saying this has been the warmest November in 21 years.

Temperature and weather changes have a big effect on driving conditions. The driving surface, traffic flow and the automobile itself are all affected by changes in the weather. This not only affects the ability of people to travel but it can have a massive impact on productivity.

Personal injury specialists Pryers Solicitors deal with a lot of road traffic collisions. Jenny Barton for Pryers Solicitors said: “We are used to having to come in after an incident has taken place and fight to make sure the injured party receive all they are entitled to. However, we want to help make people aware of what they can do to avoid having an accident in the first place, which is why we produced this handy infographic so you know how to make sure you and your car are best equipped to get to your end destination safely.”

Plan ahead

De-icing a vehicle can take up to 10 minutes. The windscreen, other windows and mirrors need to be cleared fully, as driving with poor visibility is illegal. Avoid pouring hot or boiling water onto your windscreen as this could cause the glass to crack resulting in a significant repair bill. Ensure you remove snow and/or thick frost from all the vehicle’s lights, as if left on this can reduce the effectiveness of the lights making it harder for other road users to see you. Carefully monitor your fuel and windscreen wash levels to make sure you are not going to run out mid journey.

Take care of you

It is important to make sure you are carrying the right equipment with you, including a mobile with a full battery. Make sure you have warm waterproof shoes and clothing in case you end up needing to walk any distance. Also carry a spare blanket, a torch, and a first aid kit. Hot food and drinks is also a good idea if you are planning on a long journey.

Driving

When driving in snowy or icy conditions, it is vital that you stay alert and attentive to the road. Reduce your speed and increase the gap between you and the car in front. Remember any sudden or rough movements could lead to your vehicle sliding. If your vehicle begins to slide turn into it until you get your car back under control.

Most importantly pay attention to weather warnings and before setting off, ask yourself how vital the journey is – if you don’t urgently need to travel then don’t. Take a look at our inforgraphic below, or click here to download.

winter driving infographic

 

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