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Safe Driving in the snow.

Driving in the snow can be challenging,especially  if you are not used to the icy conditions.The following tips will  help prepare you and your car for the trip.

Before you go.

  • Have your vehicle checked - Snow conditions may highlight any existing minor faults,so it is essential to thoroughly check your vehicle before leaving home.Have your tyres,battery,brakes,cooling system,engine and windscreen inspected. 
  • Add anti -freeze - Add anti-freeze to yourn  engine radiator.You'll need to match the amount  of anti-freeze to the capacity of the coolant system.If it isnt done and the coolant freeze,the engine block and radiator may crack,leaving you stranded with an expensive repair bill.Most modern cars use coolant with wide temperature capabilities,but you'll need to check with your service provider if special coolant is needed.
  • Prepare for emergencies- In case of an emergency carry a torch ,blanket,tow rope,and first aid kit.

On the road

  • Watch your speed - Adjust your speed to the weather.Slow down when conditions deteriorate and proceed with caution,particularly in fog,Snow or ice conditions.
  • Use fog lights or head lights - When the weather gets bad turn on your vehicles  fog or head lights.Other drivers will find your vehicle easier to see.
  • Take care overtaking - Never overtake on a hill ,at a bend or at junctions.
  • Dont tailgate - braking distances in snow and ice are increased compared to dry conditions.Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
  • Brake and accelerate gently - Braking  should be gentle and early.When you accelerate,make sure you do it slowly.
  • Obey traffic signs - Signs are there for your safety and convenience.Always obey the speed limit and advisory signs.