We had an early snow this December over here in Scarborough. I think we will all forever have that inner child that gets excited at the sight of snow, aside from being a lot of fun, it reminds of all the fun we had as children in the snow and is normally a sign that Christmas is on it’s way!
We don’t seem to get snow in the same way we have in the past, largely due to global warming, so it seems we sometimes find ourselves unprepared when it arrives, and this snow was no different. In a perfect world we might all be awarded a ‘snow-day’ on these days allowing us the time to fully enjoy the wonderful arrival of snow but unfortunately that isn’t the case. For many, finding that it was snowed over night can be a cause for concern and is definitely a reason to be more cautious on the roads.
We want to make sure that you are well equipped for the harsher winter weather and so have a few pointers to help keep you and your families safer this winter. Preparation is key. Making sure that you leave plenty of time to get to your destination and are sure of your route will make your journey considerably easier.
You want to make sure that you have all the tools needed to ensure that visibility is as good as possible. This may take the form of a scraper and some de-icer or you may have your own solutions, however you do it make sure that you can see out of your windows and mirrors BEFORE driving away. Driving without total visibility can be incredibly dangerous for yourselves and other road users.
If it has snowed and there is snow on your cars roof make sure you scrape this off too. If you don’t you risk this slipping off your roof whilst driving and obscuring your view. The Highway Code stipulates that when driving in adverse weather conditions you must, by law, be able to see out of every glass panel in your vehicle. It’s also important to check your plates and lights aren’t covered too. Those few minutes that it takes to do this job properly could have a huge impact on your ability to spot or react to an accident in front of you.
It's also sensible to carry warm clothes or a blanket in your vehicle in case you encounter difficulties.
Winter tyres can offer a higher degree of safety, you’ll find a benefit in shorter stopping distances and better grip. Winter tyres are designed to maintain suppleness in colder temperatures and maximise traction with their deeper tread grooves and jagged slits, otherwise known as sipes. Winter tyres also wear less in cold conditions than your normal summer tyres so buying a new set could be a wise investment, keeping you on course for safer, more enjoyable cold-weather driving.
TIP: Investing in winter weather tyres and alternating between them and your standard tyres can increase the lifespan of both sets and save money by requiring replacements less frequently.