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Winter Driving Checklist

It's fair to say that driving a vehicle in the winter months, especially January and February in the United Kingdom, can be a challenge.

But, carrying out a few basic checks, stocking up on some essential supplies, and preparing a few tools, will make wintertime driving in snow and ice less hazardous.

Essential Vehicle Checks for Bad Weather

The best time to prepare for driving in wintry conditions is before the bad weather arrives, such as by:

Pro Tip: It's not uncommon for some garages in the United Kingdom to offer free winter checks on your vehicle – it's always a good idea to ask. Don't forget to keep some spare parts handy in case they need replacing.

Using the "POWER" Winter Driving Tips

Important: Another section explains how to tell the age of a tyre using the Department of Transportation (DOT) code numbers stamped on the sidewall.

Are You Feeling "Driver Ready"?

One of the most important parts of any winter driving checklist is determining whether (or not) you are fit enough to drive a vehicle on public roads.

So, ask yourself, did you have adequate sleep and are you taking any medication that could impair your driving?

Here are some of the common impairments that make driving more dangerous:

Next, if the roads are covered in snow and ice, is the journey you are about to take an absolute necessity? The Automobile Association (AA) recommends not to drive in bad weather unless you really need to.

Remember, having to clear ice from the car windows indicates that there will be frozen ice (sometimes known as black ice) on the roads too!

List of Items for Wintertime Driving

The following items will help you prepare your car for winter driving in the United Kingdom. A comprehensive list of things to put in a winter car kit should include:

Pro Tip: Check out our car repair and maintenance guide for information about tasks that you can fix yourself without having to pay for the services of a trained mechanic.

Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions

Official reports suggest that around 30% of all road traffic accidents occur on roads that are wet or frozen. Plus, most of the car crashes that happen in bad weather are caused by 'bad driving' practices.

Some of the major problems that UK drivers face when driving in heavy rain, fog, snow, and ice, include:

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