January 27, 2014

Snow And Flooding To Hit UK

Ice, Snow and Rain is expected across the country whilst much of the South-West are still tackling recent floods. Of all weather conditions, snow and ice require the most care and preparation for driving.

Here are Britannia’s top tips for driving in this weather:

Antifreeze: Check the handbook or ask the dealer for the right type of antifreeze for your car. Some types of antifreeze may need to be changed after two years, check the manufacturer’s service schedule.

Clear snow: Clear all windows and the roof of snow and ice using a de-icer and scraper. Use air conditioning for faster demisting

Visibility: you must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. You may also use front or rear fog lights but these must be switched off when visibility improves as they can dazzle other road users and obscure your brake lights.

Preparation: Give yourself at least 10 minutes extra time to prepare your car, plan routes to favour major roads and allow extra time for your journeys.

Wear comfortable dry shoes for driving.

Pull away: in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently.

Speed: Reduce your risk of skidding by reducing your speed.

Brakes: Always apply your brakes gently.

Safe Driving from Britannia!

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