Firstly, as much as you may have heard it on the media, it really is true – when the road is snowy or icy and the weather is bad for drivers only drive if it is really necessary. If you go out you risk being stuck on roads for hours on end due to bad weather or accidents ahead, and you risk being in a serious accident yourself.
If there is an urgent order, package or confidential document that really must get to someone today then why not call in a courier, like JC Couriers Ltd to deliver the urgent package for you? Couriers like us have been doing this job professionally for nearly 30 years now. We are very experienced drivers and know how to drive safely in dangerous winter conditions; so pop the kettle on and book a courier to get it delivered to save putting yourself at risk.
However, if you do decide that you must drive in winter conditions then please follow these tips to help you stay safe on the roads this winter;
- Pack supplies such as a blanket, warm clothing, a snow shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, a torch and similar so if you do break-down, have an accident or get stuck on roads you are prepared; make sure your mobile phone is fully charged too.
- Make sure your route is planned in advance and try and stick to major roads that will have been cleared or gritted; do not rely solely on your satnav but instead have a rough idea of where you are going.
- Ensure you have a full tank of fuel before you head off, this will help put your mind at rest if you get stuck in traffic, a petrol station is closed or you want to run the engine to keep yourself warm.
- Before you leave double check the tyre tread depths, they need to have at least 3mm tread to cope in slippery conditions; if you are driving a lot in wintery conditions it may be worth investing in winter tyres for improved grip and traction.
- Also check your fluid levels in the car before you set off; especially the screen wash as lots of road muck sprays up on your windscreen and you will go through the screen wash quicker than normal.
- Double check you know how your car heaters work to not only warm you up, but also to clear mist from your front windscreen; if you are not sure then take a few moments to check your cars manual.
Like we said at the beginning, avoid driving in bad weather conditions wherever possible, but if you must drive then please take care and allow yourself extra time to get to where you are going.