The appropriately named Beast from the East brought travel chaos to the UK last year as snow, ice and freezing temperatures made the nation shiver. But will the mercury plummet again this year and if so, how can you stay mobile and keep your car in good condition throughout the cold snap?
Well, while it’s still too early to accurately predict if the Beast will return, it’s entirely possible should a sudden stratosphere warming over the Artic occur. So, to be safe rather than sorry, here are some winter driving tips UK to help you avoid a winter disaster.
The cold weather can make any underlying vehicle issues a whole lot worse, so carry out some essential DIY motoring checks before hitting the roads. As a rule, use the acronym FORCES as a guide. This will help you to remember to check Fuel, Oil, Rubber, Coolant, Electrics and Screenwash. If you’re not sure how to carry out any necessary checks, always pop your car into a garage for a quick look over or arrange a full winter check-up for your peace of mind.
During a MOT, all key elements of your car are checked. From the brakes and lights to fuel systems, windscreen wipers and exhaust system, fully trained mechanics will ensure all major components of your vehicle are working well together. If something’s wrong, they’ll also carry out the relevant maintenance work, replacing parts if necessary. So, while a MOT is a legal requirement, it’s also a good way to ensure your car is up to scratch before a particularly cold snap.
You never quite know when a breakdown might happen, so winter car tips also include keeping emergency supplies in your car, include a warm change of clothes, torch, phone charger, food supplies such as energy bars and chocolate, first aid kit, sturdy footwear and a shovel if snow is expected. If you’re stranded in snowy conditions, a sleeping bag can also prove to be extremely useful helping you to stay warm and snug even in the coldest of environments.
Top tip: Store the number of your breakdown assistance company in your phone for easy access. Make sure you phone is fully charged before the start of any long journey and has adequate credit.
Driving in snow and ice should only be done when absolutely necessary. Even the most experienced motorists should not venture out in adverse conditions if it can be avoided. When driving in snow, be sure to clear all snow from the roof and windscreens so your view isn’t restricted. Accelerate gently and always use low revs. Enable a winter driving mode if possible, to prevent slippage. Drive extremely slowly and if you do skid, be sure to drive into it rather than away from it as this could cause your car to spin. Do not slam on the brakes.
If you’re looking for a high-quality used vehicle to see you through the winter months and beyond, contact Carwise Group today, a reputable car dealership based in Harlow and Maidstone. Remember, buying from a professional dealership helps to avoid the dangers of going through a private seller. This is because all cars have been thoroughly safety checked and come with all the relevant documentation as standard.