As winter nights draw in, the inevitable cold season is creeping up on us.
Along with the potential bleak weather conditions often comes an increase in car journeys as families travel to visit loved ones over the festive period but it is important to ensure both vehicle and motorist are ready for what winter roads might have in store.
Dash cam company THINKWARE has put together its top 5 tips for safer driving in winter:
- Ensure you have a sufficient amount of fuel for your journey, as getting stuck in traffic with the heaters turned up full will increase your fuel consumption. Don’t forget that your use of the heaters, wipers, and lights will reduce your fuel economy further.
- Check your windscreen for any chips or cracks. If you find any, be sure to have them repaired as soon as possible as a sudden drop in temperature can quickly turn a small chip into a large crack.
- Drive at a slow speed, leaving more space between you and the vehicle in front to account for greater stopping distances. Any accelerating, braking and steering should be done so gently.
- Sometimes, other drivers won’t be as careful as you so it’s important to protect passengers and the vehicle by installing a dash cam. The dash cam will pick up collisions 24/7 and some models, such as THINKWARE’s F800 Pro will even send collision alerts to selected smartphones as well as enable geo-fence alerts and tracking of the vehicle.
- If conditions are particularly bad, consider if your journey is essential but if you have to travel, be sure to check your tyre tread depth as this will affect the amount of grip your car has on the road in snow and ice.
Stay safe this winter!