December 18, 2016
Driving tips for the Christmas holidays 0
For the majority of us, the chances of a white Christmas are negligible. But even so, this time of year does throw up plenty of challenging driving conditions so it’s not a bad idea to be prepared for the worst the heavens can throw at you, even if it not necessarily likely to be snow. Here are a few handy driving tips to bear in mind if you’re travelling this Christmas holiday period.
- Grip. Always remain well aware how much grip you’ve got when driving in bad weather. At this time of year, road conditions can change quicker than you can say ‘Rudolph’, so apply your brakes with a moderate amount of pressure to determine the available grip and adjust your driving style to compensate accordingly.
- Tyre Pressures. Tyres not inflated to their correct levels compromise your ability to brake and manoeuvre safely. They also are uneconomical with regards to fuel consumption and wear out faster. You can find out your correct tyre pressure on the inside of your door pillars, in the car’s manual, or inside the fuel filler flap.
- Tyre Tread. The minimum legal tyre tread is 1.6mm. If in doubt, put a 20p coin inside the tread of the tyre, if you can the edge of the coin – time to get some new tyres.
- Driving Manoeuvres. Increase available traction by separating driving manoeuvres when navigating a bend. Begin braking to a suitable speed while driving in a straight line before the corner. This enables you to use the car’s full accessible grip for negotiating the turn. Speed up progressively when you are able to straighten the steering wheel at the exit of the curve.
- Avoid Cruise Control. Steer clear of cruise control in icy, wet, or snowy weather. Keep controlof acceleration and deceleration always.
- Safety Comes First. If you can avoid it, don’t drive in severe weather conditions if possible. Your safety, and the well-being of your passengers, is more important.
- Preparation Is Key. Motoring journalist,Tim Barnes-Clay, added: “Driving in winter is something we must all get ready for. It’s therefore vital to not only prepare our cars, but also ourselves when the weather conditions go downhill.”