Being safe on the road is the number-one priority regardless of the weather, but as the winter months start creeping in, it can’t hurt to remind ourselves of the dangers and prepare for the changing conditions. Foggy mornings make it hard to see, rainy weather causes slippery streets, and when the roads get icy, driving becomes even more hazardous.
Data from Privilege Car Insurance highlighted the top five days of the year with the most accidents reported. January lays claim to the most dangerous month on the road, taking three of the top five spots of the year:
Check out some of our tips for winter driving that will hopefully help you prepare for the season ahead.
During the winter months the days are shorter, there’s more fog, and rain and snow further reduce visibility. Driving more cautiously is your best bet to avoid accidents, but it’s also paramount to make sure other drivers and pedestrians can also see you coming in time. Our top tips to give yourself plenty of reaction time and also keep your car visible on the roads include the following:
Your tyres should be in good condition all year round, but it’s even more important during the winter months, as they’re the most critical safety elements on your car. Make a habit of checking for tyre damage every time you wash your car, which you should do more often during the wet winter months anyway.
Hazards like low tread depth, splits and bulges are easier to spot when your tyres are clean, and giving your car more attention during winter simply means it won’t be as big a job to get your car clean in spring. A quick wash also goes a long way in preventing rust – road salt is extremely corrosive, affecting your brakes as well as the bodywork.
Tip: You can check tread depth easily by placing a penny between the grooves at various spots on all four tyres. If you can see the top of the Queen’s crown, you should change your tyres soon.
The best way to stay safe is to plan ahead. Remember, your car is your work tool, and while it should be prepared for anything the weather throws at it, don’t forget about yourself either:
Lastly, remember to slow down, and when in doubt, pull over and seek shelter if wild weather arrives. Your safety should be your top priority and there is nothing wrong with travelling just a little bit slower on roads.
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