Presentation on theme: "Winter is a busy time for breakdown companies, insurance call centres and casualty departments. Drivers often have to contend with ice, fog, snow, salt."— Presentation transcript:
Winter is a busy time for breakdown companies, insurance call centres and casualty departments. Drivers often have to contend with ice, fog, snow, salt spray and low sun all in a single journey. According to RSA, staying safe on the roads in winter is a matter of good preparation, good vehicle maintenance, the right knowledge and the right attitude.
Have a full service before winter starts and have the anti-freeze tested Keep tyres properly inflated. Make sure you have the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm Check that your lights are clean and working Always keep the windscreen and windows clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash Carry winter essentials in the car: cloths, spare washer fluid, anti-freeze, glass cleaner, ice scraper, de-icer and torch. In really bad weather, put a blanket, Wellington boots and a shovel in the boot
Make sure you know and understand the hazards and risks of driving in all types of weather conditions - especially ice, snow and fog - before you venture out Always fully clear your windscreen and side windows of ice and condensation before driving off - NEVER merely clear a small 'porthole' in the windscreen Always reduce your speed on slippery surfaces. Avoid harsh braking and acceleration Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front in poor conditions. Allow up to TEN TIMES the normal distance for braking, especially on motorways
In snow, stop frequently to clean the glass area, the wheel arches, the lights and number plates If your driven wheels get stuck in snow, move slowly backwards and forwards out of the rut using the highest gear you can If you get caught in a snow drift Don't leave the vehicle Let help come to you Don't run the engine to keep warm
Listen to the weather broadcasts and only travel if absolutely necessary when really bad conditions are forecast Eat a good breakfast when you know you will be travelling in bad weather and carry spare food and drink in case you are snowed in Stop every two hours, if you can, for fresh air and hot drinks Keep your vehicle well ventilated. Driving with the car heater full on can make you drowsy