With the on-going cold snap that Britain is currently facing, renowned tyre manufacturer, Continental, has released ten top tips for safe winter driving.
A recent survey conducted by the brand found that drivers are six times more likely to have an accident in the winter than in the summer. Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres has shared his vast knowledge and advice in the list.
The first tip on the list is to carry an in-car winter kit, filled with items including bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets, extra clothing, de-icer, an ice scraper, a couple of wind-up torches and a car phone charger.
The second, third and fourth tips are on the subject that Griffiths knows best –tyres. Drivers should regularly check that their tyres have a tread depth at least 3mm deep. Tyre pressure is also important when driving on wet and icy surfaces. Drivers should check that their tyre pressure is in accordance with the recommendations listed in the cars owner’s manual or on the inside ledge of the car door or fuel filler cap. Doing a visual check on the tyres, checking for any unusual bulges, marks or tears is also advised.
Fifthly Griffiths advises drivers to ensure that their vehicle has enough anti-freeze in it. A lack of anti-freeze can seriously damage a vehicle’s engine.
Clean and working lights and windows are also important, as visibility is vital on short wintery days when daylight is scarce.
Point number seven advises drivers to increase the distance between their vehicle and the car in front. A longer stopping distance is required when driving in rain, snow and ice.
Tips number eight advises drivers to use a lower gear in bad weather conditions to avoid harsh pressure on the brakes or accelerator, while tip number nine suggests drivers take regular breaks to avoid driving tired, which can dangerously impair driving.
Finally, tip number ten returns to the subject of tyres. If possible, drivers should fit winter tyres to their car. Winter tyres are made from a different rubber compound that doesn’t harden at cold temperatures as summer tyres do, giving them extra grip in cold, wet or icy conditions.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.