It is important to prepare your car for driving before setting off in wintery conditions. If a snowstorm is blowing please follow local travel advice and only travel if you have to. However, these are my 5 ways to prepare your car for a blizzard.
- Remove Snow and Ice: Before setting off clear your vehicle of snow & ice. This isn’t just so you can see where you’re going, it also avoids chunks of snow falling off and hitting another driver.
- Checks: The next thing to check is that you have enough petrol in the car before setting off on any journey. It is also a good idea to make sure your windscreen washer fluid is topped up and all jets are working. If there is ice and snow there is a chance your washer jets could be frozen. To combat this fill your windscreen washer reservoir with concentrated washer fluid.
- Car Lights: Whilst driving in the snow always ensure you have your car lights on. If the snow is falling quite thickly put your fog lights on as well. This will help you to see and be seen by other drivers. If you have to travel in snowy conditions you should also take a few extra supplies with you, just in case you break down or get stuck.
- Supplies: If you have to travel in snowy conditions you should also take a few extra supplies with you, just in case you break down or get stuck. The most important thing is to have an extra set of warm clothing. Personally, I suggest a winter jacket, gloves and thermal layers, just in case you break down. Other supplies to keep in your car during winter are: –First Aid Kit –Jump Cables –Phone Charger –Reflective Triangle & Hi-Visibility Jacket –Basic Tool Kit –Torch (with spare batteries) –De-Icer
- Carpet: In the event, your car gets stuck an old piece of carpet placed under the tyres can give you enough traction to get free. If you don’t have some old carpet you can use your car mats instead.
These are just a few tips on how to prepare for snow storms. I hope this blog was helpful. If you feel we left anything out, please leave a comment below.
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