Before we see the blossoming of Spring we must first endure the misery of motoring for three more months in bad weather on dark days. Here at eCars247 we take our driving seriously and we would like our customers to stay safe on the roads.
Don’t Get In A Spin
When starting out in icy or wintry conditions, endeavour to stay in as high a gear as possible and keep the engine revs low. This will help reduce any chance of the driving wheels spinning. A lot of cars have some form of winter mode, which more or less does the same job. This is a function you could look for when buying a car, or perhaps a four-wheel drive option would help.
Once on the go it’s important to get the vehicle speed just right to suit the conditions and always maintain safe braking distances from the car in front. Ideally, in wet weather, drivers should leave double the distance and in snow and ice this can be up to ten times the distance for safe braking. Yes, really.
Around The Bend
When approaching a bend, reduce speed in a straight line before beginning to turn the steering wheel for the corner. If the car does lose grip then the first rule, as ever, is don't panic. The crucial thing is to lift the right foot off the accelerator and make sure that the wheels are pointing in the direction of travel.
When driving in dull, gloomy, or foggy conditions and especially in heavy rain and snow, make sure that dipped headlights are showing. Relying on daytime running lights is not enough, because there are no such lights on the back of a car, just the red lamps. If visibility drops below around 100 metres then put the fog lights on. Remember though, turn them off when the visibility improves unless you want to incur the wrath and rage and flashing headlights of other drivers!
Perhaps you have decided to sell a car and trade up to something more suitable for your needs. That's a good time to look at the latest safety features on cars. These days, on our busy roads, safety technology is paramount.
For example, when off on a long journey at this time of year, be aware of how cold it is outside the car. There’s a real risk of the occupants being nice and warm in the motor and not noticing that the temperature has dropped below freezing outside. Some cars have a frost light or a temperature warning that lets the driver know when the temperature outside has dropped near to or below freezing. Look out for that and drive accordingly.
Think about the driving environment. Those wet patches on the road where the sun never shines. These are areas that could stay icy when the rest of the road has thawed. Bridges are a good example of that; especially those that are exposed to the weather which is often the case. They’re normally the first to freeze and the last to thaw. So be aware of that when driving in open spaces.
At this time of year many may have already encountered bad road conditions, so will have had a taste of what winter can throw at us. New drivers especially need to watch out. Always drive prepared and always ensure that your next car
has had a full AA inspection
and is in tip-top condition.