Forget your coat You might only be stepping from your nice warm house into your nice warm work place via your car. You’ll be pretty uncomfortable if you have to wait to be rescued and you’ve only got thin work clothes to wear.
That’s because engine oil thickens up in low temperatures and it takes more effort from the battery for the starter motor to turn the engine.
A battery that is running low on charge may not have sufficient oomph for the job.
Give yourself plenty of time to stop A cold, damp road surface means your car will need longer to stop.
Regular tyres don’t have as much grip at very low temperatures.
This should contain a reflective jacket, a folding shovel if snow is forecast, a tow rope, a torch, and even a blanket and some water if it’s very cold and you’re concerned your journey may be disrupted.
And be ready not to travel at all if the weather forecast is really bad.Check the pressures are what’s recommended by your car’s user manual. This is because tests prove that stopping distances are significantly reduced as tread wears down.Check your fluids Everyone knows that water freezes when temperatures dip.However, most of us don’t want the extra expense of tyres that are designed purely for very cold weather.Therefore, it’s vital that the tyres we do use are in tip-top shape. However, tyre companies and safety experts recommend tyres are changed at 3mm.For a start clearing ice won’t ruin your bank card/CD case/partner’s birthday card. That in turn makes it more likely you’ll clear your windows thoroughly which will make driving safer.