Dark nights, cold weather and unpredictable conditions can make winter driving daunting, but there are ways you can prepare for cold conditions. From taking your car for a service to learning how to drive on icy roads, our tips will ensure you stay independent all winter long.
Are you ready for winter? It can be easy to forget from year to year how challenging winter can be on you and your car, so here’s what you need to do to prepare:
Is your car in tip top condition? Booking it in for a service will ensure your car will keep you safe and withstand cold temperatures. Our service centre checks tyre pressure, oil, brakes, engine performance as well as windscreen wipers, coolant levels and heating systems.
Keep winter essentials in your car to ensure peace of mind throughout winter. We recommend a torch, water, de-icer and a windscreen wiper. In case of a breakdown or traffic jam; a blanket, water and non-perishable food will make the wait easier.
Get into the habit of leaving a little extra time for your journey, this will make driving less stressful as well as making parking and the journey from car to door easier. Make sure to check local weather and traffic reports too.
These tend to be gritted and cleared first and more often than smaller roads, making your journey safer and more comfortable.
What happens if you skid? Keep calm and steer the car gently into the direction of the skid without touching the pedals. Your car will soon align and regain grip.
Staying independent is really important, and there are ways that your wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) can help you through the winter months. Fit the right adaptations and you’ll ensure wet, icy or snowy conditions will be easy to manage.
Winter tyres are a simple investment and they can make a world of difference to your journeys, especially if you live in a rural or secluded area. Most tyres in the UK are fitted with all-season or summer tyres, meaning they don’t grip as well. Changing to winter tyres means you have a better grip on the road and their deeper tread ensures you won’t get stuck in the snow. If you often face more extreme conditions you should consider snow chains for added peace of mind.
Icy and slippery roads are also a consideration for your WAV, and you should ensure you are able to safely get in and out of your car during winter too. Is the ramp or lift in full working order? Are seatbelts and tie-down systems secure? Think about whether you may require additional aids for winter, to help you safely get from A to B.
Peace of mind through the winter will ensure you continue to enjoy the independence your car offers and look after it in harsh conditions. Our car services are specifically designed for accessibility vehicles so your car is in the best hands. Why not book in for a service today? Our friendly and approachable team will be glad to help you.
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