Our top tips when you’re out and about this winter
1. If the weather is very bad, do everything you can to delay your journey.
2. Always carry these items in your car: warning triangle, jump leads, mobile phone, tow rope, shovel, first aid kit, water, snacks and suitable clothing (hi-vis jacket, coat, gloves and boots).
3. Use the air-con, a scraper and de-icer spray to clear your windscreen. Never use boiling water, as this can crack the glass.
4. Make sure you always have more than enough fuel for your journey. Your engine, along with the lights, wipers and heater, will mean your car will use more fuel in colder temperatures.
5. Depress the clutch when starting a cold engine. This disconnects the engine from the gearbox, so there's less drag.
6. If you feel your car aquaplaning, ease off the accelerator until you feel the tyres grip the road again. Avoid braking.
7. Check your headlights are on in poor visibility. Be aware that automatic light sensors may not work in some weather conditions such as fog.
8. When the road surface is very slippery, take it easy with the accelerator and brakes. Think ahead, so you can accelerate gradually, turn slowly and gently, and brake gradually.
9. Stopping distances can be up to 10 times longer in snow and ice, so leave extra space between your car and the vehicle in front.
10. If your car has a manual gearbox, set off in second gear to avoid wheel spin on icy roads. Change down to go down hills to minimise braking.
11. Switch off the lights, wipers, radio and heater before turning your engine off to allow extra charge to run into the battery.
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