One of the most dangerous times to drive is during winter so you have to be a little more careful when driving in winter. Before listing out the tips to apply for driving in winter weather, it is important to remind you that winter has caused a lot of car crashes. This is why driving should be a last resort during winter. It has to be necessary. Here are a few tips to apply when driving in winter especially when you have children in your car.
Clean off all snowflakes and ice from your windshield
You need to clean off all the ice on your windshield and on the body of your car before you hit the road. This is because ice usually reduces visibility. Even after cleaning off all the ice, it is also important to have ice scrapers in your car. You may need to pull over to scrape off all the ice on your windshield.
Assess your vehicle
Before driving out in winter, you must make sure that your head and tail lights are all functional. Make sure your brakes are in perfect condition too. In addition, you should also make sure that your exhaust isn’t fully or partially blocked. If this happens, some of the poisonous gases emitted from the exhaust pipe may find their way into the car and that is dangerous especially for kids. Most importantly, check the tread of your tires. For traction, your tires should have enough tread. To be certain it would be a good idea to book any necessary tests such as a MOT test to avoid any potential risks and for the safety of your family.
Ensure you have a full tank all the time
You may run into an unexpected delay or horrendous traffic. Driving in winter comes with a lot of problems, you don’t want to add lack of gas to them. In fact, you will become apprehensive once you begin to run low on gas and you are still far away from either your destination or a gas station. This may affect your driving.
Listen to the weather forecast
Never joke with weather forecast during winter. A storm may be expected somewhere along your usual route. Even if you get into the car, always listen to the radio.
Listen to the roads
It is important that you remain conscious of your transition from normal road to snowy roads and you should also be aware when you move from snowy roads to icy roads. This will enable you make necessary adjustment after each transition. This is why it is not advisable to increase the volume of your music while driving in winter. You need to monitor the sounds your tires make.
Always drive slowly
Icy roads are quite slippery and it will take you longer to stop when you apply the brake so it is important to drive slowly in winter. You also need to give the car ahead of your longer distance. If it applies a brake suddenly, you will have enough space and time to stop too.
Although you need 100 percent concentration when driving, you need it more during winter. So avoid distractions like making or receiving calls. When your phone rings and you are behind the wheels, it is better to have any of the occupants to pick it and let the caller know that are driving.
Conclusively, driving in winter requires a lot of skills, patience and discipline. One thing you should understand is that winter comes with poor visibility so you need avoid other motorists as much as possible.