Driving during the winter months presents a different challenge when compared to other periods of the year, as the road conditions are typically more testing and greater strain is placed on cars. Preparing for icy weather is therefore important to keep you safe and mobile and we offer some key driving tips.
Before you set off
Travel disruption can be avoided by properly preparing before you set off. You should give yourself at least ten minutes to prepare the car, and this means clearing the windscreen of all ice using a scraper or de-icing spray. During snow or icy conditions you should also plan your journey to avoid minor roads which can be dangerous to navigate, and it's worthwhile to allow extra time to reach your destination as delays may be encountered.
When on the road
Keeping a safe distance from the car in front is vital in all conditions, but particularly during the winter. This is especially true if ice or snow is on the roads, and there's plenty more you can do to avoid an incident.
On snow or ice:
Important winter maintenance
Regular maintenance should be a year-round priority, and you should pay close attention to the following during the winter to help you avoid becoming stranded.
Battery and electrics
More strain will be placed on the battery during winter as you are likely to be using the heater more and have your lights on for longer. Consider replacing the battery if it is around five years old to avoid an issue, and place it on an overnight trickle charge if your vehicle sits idle for much of the weekend.
With colder months approaching, check that all the bulbs are working fully and that the lenses are clear of dirt which reduces visibility. When clearing ice or snow from your windows don't forget to also scrape it from the front and rear lights.
To expertly prepare your vehicle for changing road conditions, contact your nearest Sturgess marque dealership and arrange a seasonal service.