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Driving Tips for Winter Trips

Author: asingleton  |  Category: Cars
Published: February 8, 2009

While there is always a small risk of an accident on the road, conditions in winter – with snow, sleet and rain making conditions slippery and hampering visibility – mean drivers should take extra precautions with their journeys.

Always decide if your trip is absolutely necessary and, if it is, is driving the only way to make it? If public transport is out of the question, it is always advisable to check the weather forecast before you head off and plan your journey for the safest time. Leaving before precipitation begins – or during a dry spell – will make your trip a lot safer. Setting off before you normally leave will give you more time, and if you face delays because of the slow driving conditions, this should help alleviate any frustrations you may have for running late.

Having a car in good working order is always necessary but it is more prevalent in the winter. Make sure your battery is powering up correctly, check the ignition works and ensure all your lights are working. To aid visibility, always clear your windows of any ice or snow and take an ice scraper and de-icer in the car too. In addition, winter wipers are available – with special rubber coverings that stop ice collecting on the blade – will help maintain visibility during the drive. Without all of these, you could get stuck or lost in the middle of nowhere.

What’s more, it is always wise to be prepared for being caught out in a snowstorm. Keeping spare clothes, a blanket and gloves in the car will help to keep you warm and packing a shovel, a torch and warning triangles can all help you if you do get trapped by the snow. Having a working battery will be hugely beneficial as you try to keep warm in freezing conditions, but beware that it won’t last forever.

No matter how good a driver you are, the adverse conditions can still make driving difficult and cause possible accidents – whether it’s your fault or you’re the unlucky victim of someone else’s mistakes. While it’s not always possible to avoid a car insurance claim – which can in future affect your car insurance quote – taking these steps can help minimise any risk when travelling.

Perhaps most important of all is to let someone know when you set off and to take a fully charged mobile phone with you so you are contactable – and so that you can call for help if needed.

Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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