Winter Driving Tips
Point S advises safe driving all year round, but the winter months present more challenges to drivers. No matter how much time you have spent behind the wheel, driving in the dark, fog, ice, sleet, and snow are tricky, and it is important for you to be able to rely on your vehicle to safely get you to where you need to go.
There are simple vehicle checks you should do regularly, but we all know this is tougher when the weather is cold, and days are short. Try to have a quick look at your tyres as often as possible and set a reminder on your phone to check key items at least once a month.
Point S advises that you set up a monthly prompt such as a Top-up Tuesday reminder in your diary and check the following items:
- Lights: ask a friend or neighbour to help you test your brake and reverse lights
- Tyres: check air, tread, and condition
- Oil: check the dipstick and refer to your service book for top-up advice
- Windscreen: any chips or cracks? Sort them before they grow
- Windscreen washer: make sure you top up regularly
- Battery: if you are not using your car regularly, this will need attention
If you are unsure about any of these items, or if something does not look right to you, check with your local Point S Tyre & Autocare expert who can advise.
Once you are on the winter roads, be extra vigilant and drive with extra care. According to the DVLA, one of the reasons for the highest number of road casualties in 2020 was drivers in a hurry and driving recklessly1.
Allow extra time, know your route, and pack a winter emergency kit with the following items in case you do run into any delays:
- Hi-visibility jacket and warning triangle
- Water and snacks
- Ice scraper and shovel
- Phone charger
- First aid kit
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Source: 1 GOV.UK