Parts of the UK have seen a white-out of snow in recent weeks, which took many of us by surprise. But the question is, how many of us are prepared for snowy and icy conditions when they hit?
Winter weather in the UK is extremely unpredictable and, as many drivers in the north of England and Scotland found in recent days, can make even main A-roads and motorways completely un-drivable, causing drivers to be stuck in their cars overnight.
Snow and ice significantly increase the risks on roads and raises stopping distances by almost ten times. The risk of driving in this weather further increases if you can’t see clearly, as hazards can be more difficult to spot and react to. Perhaps the best advice we can give is to avoid driving in adverse weather if possible.
But if you have to drive, or know that snow may be a possibility in your region, you should be sure that both you and your car are prepared. Before heading out this winter, you should ensure that your car is well-maintained to avoid any unnecessary stops to your journey. Get your car battery checked by your local garage, as older batteries will struggle in the colder weather, and are more likely to stop working from the strain of winter driving. It is also a good time to check your tyre tread and pressures.
Drivers should also make sure that they are carrying the winter essentials in the boot of their car. You should ensure that you have a winter kit containing the following:
1) Ice Scraper
2) Hi-vis jacket and warning triangle
3) Carpet or rubber matting
4) A torch
5) A tow rope
6) First aid kit
7) Spare boots and warm clothes
8) Fuel can and jump leads
9) A foldable spade
10) Water and snacks