Driving in winter can be dangerous, but if you follow these 5 Ways To Stay Protected Whilst Driving In Winter, you should increase your chances of staying safe.
1. Check your lights
How often do you actually check your lights? And we mean all of them (indicators, reversing light, dips, sides, braking lights and all the extra ones). What’s the point eh? Well each light that doesn’t work reduces your visibility at night. That visibility could be the difference between an accident and continuing your journey in peace. Why risk it for a few seconds and a couple of pounds?
2. Check your tires
Worn tires cause 3,000 accidents a year and about 70 deaths. Simply because people couldn’t be bothered checking to see if their tires were strong enough and had enough tread. Not having enough tread can cause aqua planing and loss of grip. When driving in cold and wet conditions you want as much grip as you can get, you never know when you might have a patch of black ice.
3. Drive a little slower
It’s pretty simple. Driving slower means your reactions have more of an impact and not only that, you have MORE time to react. We’re not saying start doing 40mph on the motorway or 10mph in a 30mph zone, but instead of driving quickly to get back for that beer in front of the TV at 37mph in the 30mph zone, why don’t you drive back at 30mph. This would add about 30 seconds to your journey. I think you can afford that over potentially dying or causing a catastrophic crash.
4. Patience & Planning
My biggest hate winter driving is waiting for the windows to de-fog, no matter how many times I wipe them, put hot air or cold air on them, they just don’t de-mist. Well, it turns out they do, after about 30seconds-1minute. Why start your journey before you have full visibility. If your eyesight, was impaired where you couldn’t see more than 1 foot in front of you, you wouldn’t go driving, you would go to a hospital. Well your car doesn’t need to go to a hospital, it just needs 30seconds to get itself better. Give it time and then go driving so you have complete visibility.
5. Buy a dash cam.
Buy a dash cam. Those with dash cameras drive safer than those without, and you can capture everything that happened, so when you are in an accident, you can show who was really at fault (not you). The JooVuu X is perfect for this and outrageously affordable. Check it out.