Winter is the worst time of the year for motor insurance claims. It is also the most important time for you to look after your car and make sure that it is worthy for the roads.
How to prepare your car for winter
As expected in winter, the temperatures will plummet and of course there’s always the chance of snow, so it’s important that your car is ready! Booking in for a service is a great way to insure that your car is fit for the winter conditions. It is also advised to do regular checks on your oil level, antifreeze, hazard lights, wiper blades and battery.
Driving in winter weather conditions
Driving in the snow
Driving in the snow can be nerve-wracking for the first time. It is important to remember that when you set off, you must accelerate gently, use low revs and change to a higher gear as soon as possible. This way the car is far less likely to slide or wheel spin. While you are driving, when you go on to the brakes or back on the accelerator, touch the pedals smoothly and slowly. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front.
Driving in heavy rain
During or after heavy rain, you must bear in mind that there could be flooding on the roads, so you are best to give yourself extra time to get to where you are going. Be careful whilst driving as there will be low visibility due to spray from other vehicles. Do not drive quickly through flooding or large puddles as you may experience aquaplaning which could lead to a serious accident.
Driving in icy conditions
When the roads are icy, decide whether the journey is absolutely necessary. If you do need to drive, then make sure you leave plenty of time to get to where you’re going and leave as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap between you and the car in front.
Winter Driving Checklist
During winter the best thing you can do is be prepared. Here are a few things we recommend that you keep in the car at all times to avoid disaster.
- Making sure you bring de-icer and an ice scraper. This is very useful if you park the car and come back to ice all over your windows.
- In case you breakdown during the winter months, it is a good idea to have packed in the boot water, food, blankets and warm clothing for you and your passengers.
- First aid kits are always handy to have in the event you or your passengers need medical attention before the emergency services reach you.
- Unless driving is absolutely necessary, it is best to avoid driving in the really bad winter conditions.