Hey all! I’m Ross, a writer and a car safety expert. I love the warmth, snugness and festivity that winters entail. In recent years, some sad incidents have been reported around this time of the year so I decided to write this post to reach out to as many people as I can about the ways to keep them safe this winter.
Planning is an important factor when it comes to driving in winters especially the Holiday Season. This is because many of the journeys that are undertaken at this time of year are not regularly taken routes, perhaps because of a visit to family or friends in another part of the country. According to RoSPA, it is crucial motorists schedules sufficient rest breaks and for drivers to take account of the weather reports – allowing for greater lengths of time on the road in poor conditions. It is good practice, they also say, to overestimate journey times so that drivers are subsequently less likely to rush, making up for any unexpected delays by speeding.
In addition to the problems for drivers caused by the festive season, the wintry conditions also add to the headache for many motorists. In order to overcome problems of snow and ice, many British drivers now opt for things like winter tyres. According Point S London, winter tyres are much more effective in terms of grip in snowy conditions. Their rubber content means that they offer improved traction, making it easier and safer to swerve in the event of finding some debris in the road. Additionally, they can help you to stop your car that much more quickly, should you need to brake hard – even if there is ice on the road. This reduces the risk of skidding or fish-tailing with rear wheel drive cars.
Winter is a time of merriment for many of us, but it can be a difficult time of year when it comes to getting about and about on the roads. This is often because the social side of this festive season leads to the extra consumption of alcohol. Of course, responsible motorists don’t drink and drive at all, but driving safely after a legal amount of alcohol consumption can be very tricky to judge. Given that some Christmas chocolates and puddings contain a boozy element, it is even harder to establish how much alcohol has been taken on by the blood stream at this time of year. All over the country, Police constabularies introduce anti-drink driving campaigns which highlight the dangers of the practice in mid-Winter. In order to make sure that you drive safely – and legally – it is a good idea to buy a couple of breathalyser kits to keep in your car. If you are in doubt as to whether you should take to the wheel or not, they will give you a measurable answer which you can rely on.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post.