BE PREPARED, BE SAFE
Now is a good time to think about what preparations you may need to make for driving during winter.
Universal Multigrip is proud to support the Met Office winter weather initiative “Get ready for winter” and the Highways Agency winter campaign “Make time for winter”, about how to stay safe whilst driving during the winter months.
Links are provided to the right for further information and advice.
GET YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER
Check your vehicle is in good running order before you set out and consider regular servicing to help minimise the risk. Use the POWDERY checklist as a good reminder:
- PETROL (or diesel) – Have you got enough? Do you know where to fill up?
- OIL – Check levels once a month
- WATER – Check radiator and screenwash regularly
- DAMAGE – Check wipers, lights etc for signs of wear and tear or damage, and make sure windscreens, windows and lights are clear of ice and snow.
- ELECTRICS – Check lights, indicators and controls are working properly
- RUBBER TYRES – Are they well inflated, legal, with good tread and free from damage?
- YOU – Are you fit to drive? Have you slept well? Are you taking any medication(s) that could make it unsafe for you to drive?
USEFUL ITEMS TO KEEP IN YOUR VEHICLE
Pack the following items in your vehicle at the start of the winter season, you never know when you might need them!
- Universal Multigrip Snow Socks
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Warm clothes and blankets – for you and all passengers
- Torch and spare batteries – or a wind-up torch
- First aid kit
- Jump leads
- A shovel
- Road atlas
- Sunglasses (the glare off snow can be dazzling).
In addition, when setting out on journeys during the winter season remember to take with you:
- Food and a thermos with a hot drink
- Any medication you, or other people travelling with you, need to take regularly.
CONDITIONS MAY CHANGE, DRIVE WITH CARE
When you’re on the road, pay attention to the changing road, traffic and weather conditions. Be ready to slow down and take more care if you need to, particularly on bends and exposed roads. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security — even if you drive every day on the same stretch of road.