Winter is here and weather conditions continue to fluctuate. In order to stay safe whilst driving, many organisations suggest that you should create a winter driving kit in addition to:
Creating bigger gaps in front of you on all roads, giving yourself extra space to manoeuvre and stop
Slowing down giving yourself a better chance of not having a rear-end shunt collision
No harsh braking or harsh acceleration to reduce the likelihood of your car sliding into an object or the car in front
Not only can the roads be dangerous due to weather, but also due to other drivers not taking proper precautions to accommodate these conditions.
When bad weather is forecast, advise your drivers to have these items:
Warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves, and warm clothes
Flask of hot drink
Just like the Guides and Scouts it always pays to “Be prepared” if you know the weather is due to change for the worse. It’s always wise to have a winter emergency kit in the vehicle, this could have these types of items:
Blanket, rug or sleeping bag
Bits of carpet or thick cardboard to place under driven wheels to help regain traction on ice or snow
Salt, sand, or even cat litter – to help clear snow and ice
Ice scraper and de-icer
Torch and batteries
Snow chains (if you live in a remote or rural area)
Snow tyres (even if you live in a city)
Battery jump leads
Snacks – chocolate or cereal bars
Extra screen wash
Please make sure you are checking the weather and road conditions to keep your and your drivers safe, if the weather is severe then question whether the journey needs to be made, or can it be delayed? If not and the weather changes for the worse, having the emergency kit available and pulling over to wait for the weather to improve is a much safer option.
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Source | The aa
Updated | November 2020