It is important with the onset of Winter that you prepare your car for the cold weather. Here are our tips to ensure your vehicle is ready for the ensuing snow and ice:
- Ensure you have your car regularly serviced. An ideal time would be in Autumn, just befor the onset of Winter.
- Check your brake system is in good working order, this is paramount in Winter.
- Ensure your tyres have adequate tread, if you need to replace them, do so, even if the tread is above the legal required limit allowed. This will provide you with the performance you need to tackle the harsh weather. The better the tread, the better the grip on snow and ice. We would also recommend fitting Winter specific tyres, as they provide superior performance in cold weather conditions.
- Check the battery and ensure it is in good working order.
- Check all lights and ensure they are working correctly, especially the hazard warning lights.
- Check windscreen wipers and replace if need be.
- Check the screen wash is not blocked and working correctly, add anti-freeze to the screen wash bottle.
- Ensure all ventilation and heating systems are in working order to minimise misting on the windows.
- Rock salt spread on roads during winter can be corrosive and can damage the cars paintwork. Ensure you wash and clean off the rock salt on the more vunerable parts of your car on a regualer basis.
Whenever driving in Winter weather, you must be prepared for the unexpected. To ensure both the safety of yourself and other road users, it is advisable to carry out a quick visual check on your vehicle before every journey throughout the season.
It is advisable in the Winter months to carry an emergency road kit to ensure you are fully prepared if the worse should happen and you find your vehicle stuck or stranded in the snow. With the last two UK Winters being the most severe in many years, it is vital as we head into the Winter months that you take your personal safety into consideration whilst driving. The number of breakdowns during the Winter months can double. The Kit should be stored in the boot of your car and should consist of the following:
- Ice Scraper
- Snow Shovel
- First Aid Kit
- Booster Cables
- Extra Clothing and Footwear
- Grit Salt
It is also important to note that in the severest of Winter weather that no journey is as important as your safety and if you can avoid travelling, then please do so.
Driving your car in snow and ice can be challenging at times. Some vehicles are well suited to winter weather and conditions, whilst others must be driven with a lot more care and attention.
Here are our Top 10 Winter Driving Safety tips to help you stay safe whilst driving in winter conditions: Continue reading… “Top 10 Winter Driving Safety Tips”
In the UK, what we commonly know and term as Grit Salt is in actual fact Rock Salt.
There are three main Rock Salt mines in the UK supplying most of the country.
Rock Salt works by lowering the freezing point of the path or road surface on which it is placed, preventing ice from forming and also melting existing snow and ice on the surface. Continue reading… “Grit Salt and how it works”
Throughout the Winter months, it is important that snow and ice are cleared from paths and pavements correctly, ensuring they are not made more dangerous by allowing them to re-freeze. Continue reading… “A Guide on How To Clear Ice and Snow”
Here’s a long range forecast for Winter 2011/2012 from Exacta Weather:
As in my last update on the 2nd September 2011. “I expect the most frequent and heavy snowfalls to occur across many parts of the UK during NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, and JANUARY” at present. I initially expect frequent and significant snowfalls across many northern regions and Scotland throughout this winter. Any earlier snowfall is likely to be more confined to northern and western parts of the UK, although large scale low pressure systems also offer the potential for significant snowfalls to many parts of the UK.
I also expect NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, JANUARY, and FEBRUARY to feature largely below-average temperatures across many parts of the UK, it is likely that temperature and snowfall records will be broken within this defined time frame. I initially expect temperatures to really struggle across many northern regions, including Scotland (Western Scotland in particular), Ireland (Northern Ireland in particular), North West England, and parts of Wales.
James Madden (UK Long Range Forecaster)
The Winter of 2010/11 was the coldest winter in the UK for 31 years with the country experiencing the earliest widespread winter snowfalls since 1993.
Several local temperature records were broken, including a new record low for Northern Ireland of -18.7 degrees centigrade recorded at Castlederg on the 23rd of December 2010. Continue reading… “Winter 2010 – 2011 Weather Review”