Winter is here, which means taking extra care on the road and at home.
Extreme weather and poor light can make driving dangerous in the winter months. Make sure you adjust the way you drive by following these steps:
- Maintain a safe distance to the vehicle in front, it takes twice as much distance to stop in the rain.
- Reduce your speed and take off a little slower, wet and greasy roads can cause a vehicle to slip and slide.
- Accelerate smoothly and brake gently.
- Turn the vehicle headlights on to increase your visibility to other road users.
- In fog or snowy conditions, use fog lights instead of setting your headlights on high beam, if you don’t have fog lights you can use your hazard lights with your headlights on low beam.
- Beware of water on the road and avoid large puddles. Never drive through floodwater, it is extremely dangerous.
- Check the weather and avoid unnecessary travel in heavy rain, hail or sleet. If you start to lose visibility of the edges of the road find somewhere safe to pull over.
- Driving in poor weather can be especially tiring so if you are travelling long distances remember to take regular breaks.
Remember to always check your vehicle’s safety equipment, including tyres, windscreen wipers, battery, lights and brakes. This is always important, especially in winter when wet and conditions are particularly hard on vehicles.
With the conditions cooling off, the idea of coming home from work and spending a night rugged up in bed with the electric blanket on sounds like a nice idea. But remember to check all electrical equipment is in working order.
- Check electric blankets at the start of each winter for damaged wires, plugs, leads and hot spots – dispose of any electric blanket that is damaged.
- All appliances must have a regulatory compliance mark (RCM) and the plugs must have insulated pins, as per the images below.