Winter is here and weather conditions continue to fluctuate.  In order to stay safe whilst driving many organisations suggest you 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 breaking or harsh acceleration to reduce the likelihood of your car sliding into an object or the car in front

Please make sure you are checking the weather and road conditions on your route to keep yourself safe.  If you have your winter emergency kit with you, pulling over and waiting for the weather to improve is a much safer option as you can stay warm and fortified.

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 before you set off in your vehicle make sure you have these items:

  • Warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and warm clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Flask of hot drink

Just like the Guides and Scouts it always pays to “Be prepared” if we know the weather is due to change for the worse. It’s always wise to have your winter emergency kit in your vehicle, this could have these types of items:

  • Blanket, rug or sleeping bag
  • Shovel
  • 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
  • Reflective jacket(s)
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and batteries
  • Tow rope
  • Snow chains (if you live in a remote or rural area)
  • Snow tyres (even if you live in a city)
  • Battery jump leads
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks – chocolate or cereal bars
  • Extra screen wash

Winter driving is one of the many Toolbox talks provided through the Professional Development Plan Online training available from Road Skills Online. To get a FREE trial go here and fill in the form.