Jaama's top winter motoring tips

Top 10 winter driving tips
  • Sun glare is a major issue during the winter months - always wear sun­glasses where applicable and drive with caution.
  • Always ensure that you have wind­screen washer fluid containing the correct amount of antifreeze in it to pre­vent the liquid freezing when it comes into contact with the windscreen.
  • Ensure all windows and mirrors are clear of frost, ice, snow and condensa­tion before commencing a journey or endeavouring to move your vehicle.
  • Check your tyre pressures so that there is no extra likelihood of skidding whilst braking. Check your tyres have more than the minimum tread depths. 
  • Reduce your speed to reflect the driving conditions. If the speed limit is 70mph and it is snowing or raining then you should be driving slower. 
  • If the conditions are snowy or raining drive slowly using headlights. If it is foggy, drive very slowly using dipped headlights.
  • Plan your journey and listen to weath­er reports for any road closures or delays due to bad weather.
  • Allow extra time for your journey during the winter months.> Increase the distance between your­self and the car in front, braking in wet or icy conditions can take up to 10 times longer.
  • Before driving in adverse weather conditions consider if your journey is really necessary - if it is then advise somebody of your destination and what time you expect to get there. 
  • If you feel unsafe whilst driving in adverse weather conditions find somewhere safe to stop until the weather improves. 
  • If your journey is necessary then prepare by taking warm clothes, gloves and boots.
  • Carry a drink and high calorie snacks in your vehicle in case of a break down or being stuck for long periods of time.
  • Fleet managers need to look at the history of drivers to see if there is a pattern of accidents with some drivers in adverse weather conditions. Extra training should be given.