In case you have somehow managed to miss it, it seems to be constantly snowing up and down the UK at the moment. I am also reliably informed that same is happening in northern hemispherical parts all around the world. This, of course, means that the time has come to adapt your driving to make sure that you are safe in snowy icy weather. The biggest and best advice is to simply avoid driving whenever possible, as all the slightly patronising weather warnings like to tell us. Sometimes, however, driving is unavoidable, and in such cases you could do worse than following some of these bits of advice:
- Make sure your car is full of petrol, and with a full battery. You may have to be driving fora while or remain in queues for hours, so don’t risk getting caught out without any power for heating or moving!
- Choose sensible routes. This is common sense really – heading down your favourite back alley to cut five minutes of your drive just isn’t a good idea. In much the same vein, try and piece different journeys together to minimise how much driving you have to do.
- Always, always carry a blanket, and some food and drink. Let your survivalist head do the thinking, as it really could make all the difference! If you do all this and then forget a fully charged mobile phone, then you are a fool!
- Put de-icer in your windscreen washer – it will, quite simply, make life so much easier!
- Use snow chains. In my parents generation everyone used these, now they seem to have fallen out of fashion. A little investment, especially if you live in snow proneplaces, could make all the different to your traction and safety. If you need to know why, read the opening to “Horse Whisperer” – it will soon show you!
Buckle up, be safe, and don’t be afraid to turn back!
Posted by admin @ 5 January 2010