Road journeys can be treacherous when there is a fall of snow. But by following some simple safety tips, motorists reduce the chance of delays and difficulties.
· Don’t drive if you don’t really need to. The easiest way to avoid trouble from winter conditions is not to venture out in the car.
· Listen for weather updates, and plan your travel accordingly.
· If you have to make a road journey, ensure your car is properly equipped for the likely conditions. That’s because if you do experience a breakdown, you will most likely have to wait longer until help arrives.
· Prepare a set of essential items, including shovel, fully charged mobile phone, torch, ice scraper, food, water, jump leads, first aid kit, warm clothes and a supply of sand or gravel to assist with grip if your wheels are spinning.
· Keep your speeds down, leave plenty of space between yourself and the vehicle in front, give room to snowploughs and gritter trucks, and be ready for sudden, rapid deteriorations in conditions.
· Remember that driving in winter conditions can be hard work, so ensure you build breaks in to your journeys.
· Take a look at the GEM e-book on winter driving. It’s available to download free of charge from http://www.motoringassist.com/winter-driving/
“Have a plan ready now that can help you postpone that journey you’re expecting to make,” GEM Road Safety Officer Neil Worth said. “Agree to reschedule a meeting or a visit if it’s not vital. And if you’re out and about when snow hits, the simple preparation measures suggested above really can make a big difference to help keep you safe.”