Wind, rain, ice or snow, the winter weather can throw all of these conditions at us. Here at www.leasecarsdirect.co.uk we want you to be ready and prepared for winter travel. Below we have listed some helpful advice that should help keep you safe this winter.
1st Check Your Vehicle Is Ready For Winter
You should check your vehicle for the items listed below in order to reduce your chances of a break down while you are out and about. It's worth checking your vehicle every 2-3 days especially before long journeys:
• Check the level of your Anti freeze, replace old anti-freeze in the radiator
• Top up your windscreen washer fluid to ensure you can keep a clean windscreen at all times
• Make sure your headlights are clean and check all bulbs are in a good working condition
• Ensure your windscreen wipers are not worn
• Replace the car battery if it's not reliable and confirm the contacts are rust free
• Ensure your tyres pressures are correct and replace them if the tread has reached the legal minimum requirement
• Keep your Fuel level topped up in case of traffic jams.
For Peace Of Mind Always Carry An Emergency Kit
Last year thousands of motorists and passengers were Stranded in their vehicles and had to spend the night in freezing conditions after roads in the UK became gridlocked. We suggest you gather a few items together so you are prepared for all eventualities and keep them in your boot of your car. Below are items we suggest you place in your Emergency Kit:
• De-icer and Ice scraper as credit cards are not a good alternative
• Torch and spare batteries
• Warm clothes Hat Gloves Jacket Etc
• Waterproof Boots (Thermal if possible) & warm socks
• First aid kit
• Jump leads
• Tow rope
• Food and a warm drink in a thermos
• A shovel
• Reflective warning sign
• Sunglasses - the glare off snow can be dazzling
Adapt Your Driving In Bad Weather Conditions
After last years severe weather conditions, most councils will be running low on grit supplies. So driving conditions this year may become more difficult as we get deeper into winter. Even if the roads have been treated, driving conditions may still remain challenging. This especially applies if Local Councils decide to only grit main roads to conserve grit supplies this is where you will have to adapt your driving by leaving a bigger gap between you and the car in-front, braking earlier and also using your engine to slow you down, on hills try to keep your momentum going as once you stop you may not get going again. Try and apply a minimum amount of revs as this will give you better traction, too many revs will result in wheels spin and loss of forward momentum or even lose control of your car. Also take more care when driving on stretches of road where there's greater risk of side winds or ice forming. These include where: -
• The road is open to wind exposure – Risk of Drifts
• Road that pass under a bridges - Risk of Ice
• Shaded roads – Risk of Ice
• There is infrequent traffic – Less chance of the snow clearing
Check Traffic In Your Local Area And Weather Updates
Before starting on your journey spend a few minutes checking your route to your destination and miss any potential traffic problems. Dont make any unnecessary journeys if there is a chance of bad weather.
Your Type Of Vehicle Will Make A Big Difference In Bad Weather Conditions
Rear wheel drive cars have always been notorious for poor traction in snow. Snow tyres or even chains if the weather is really bad will help rear wheel vehicles in snow. You should approach corners slowly to make sure you can make the turn safely. Its important to brake smoothly as you enter the corner, allowing all four wheels to maintain grip. Best traction occurs when the powered wheels carry the vehicle's weight. Rear-wheel drive cars tend to lose traction and skid in slippery conditions. Most people's instincts cause them to brake and steer away from the skid, when you should steer into the skid and accelerate gently to regain control of rear-wheel drive vehicle. This will feel unnatural and practice is needed.
4x4 Vehicles are undoubtedly the best vehicles for bad snow conditions. 4x4 systems four-wheeled vehicle with a drivetrain that allows all four wheels to receive torque from the engine simultaneously. New 4x4 systems these days also have computer systems which can sense which wheel is losing grip and send the power to one of the other 3 wheels to keep you moving at all times.
At www.leasecarsdirect.co.uk if you are looking for a 4x4 or any other vehicles we can help you get your next Lease car of your choice, hassle free.