Tips to stay safe on the road this winter

There were 2,973 motorcycle crashes—a sad figure, but one that must be kept in mind. A lot of these cases are caused by cars. Thankfully some professionals are on your side and will fight for your rights and your chance to have some compensation.

Safety is an essential criterion when getting behind the wheel. Driver, pedestrians, passengers, everyone is concerned. To experience car journeys with peace of mind, we will advise you to drive safely and in all weathers – be safe for yourself and everyone else around you.

TIP 1: PREPARE YOUR CAR BEFORE DEPARTURE

In other words, check all the equipment and accessories, and test the parts sensitive to cold. As a priority, it is necessary to ensure that the battery, the ignition, and the supply system, the windshield wipers, and the mirrors. Finally, it is important to remember to check the lighting state to see and be seen: with poor visibility in winter and especially in snowy weather, lights are necessary. In terms of accessories, plan a tool kit in case of an emergency. A scraper to easily remove the frost, and all the accessories you may need depending on where you are going.

TIP 2: ADAPT YOUR DRIVING IN WINTER

Smooth driving is preferred in winter because when the roads are slippy or icy, it can cause an accident. Avoid sudden acceleration and braking; nervous driving will result in loss of control of the vehicle. Rather, drive at a reasonable and constant speed, taking extra care when approaching dangerous areas such as bends or descents.

TIP 3: ANTICIPATE AND BE EXTRA CAREFUL

Anticipation is the key to safe winter driving. Do you see an icy area upfront? Take the necessary steps to avoid losing control of your vehicle. In winter, especially when the weather conditions are bad, the road can become a real trap. So be extra careful and stay focused at all times to beware of your surroundings.

TIP 4: RESPECT THE SAFETY DISTANCES

When you drive in winter, the usual steps to take are increased tenfold. Therefore, it is essential to respect or even extend the figures normally in force in dry weather concerning safety distances. Driving at a reduced speed and respecting a minimum space with the vehicle in front of you will greatly assist. 

TIP 5: CHOOSE THE MAIN ROADS

Indeed, the main roads will be the first to be cleared by snow clearing machines. It will be a little easier to drive on these but be careful; you will still have to remain vigilant at all times. Do not opt for the quiet country lanes as they could be precarious and may be incredibly dangerous. 

TIP 6: LEARN ABOUT TRAFFIC AND WEATHER CONDITIONS

Before departure and even during your journey, it is good to find out what to expect on the road. Traffic and weather should be two things you shouldn’t overlook to drive in the winter. Always install the latest weather apps and traffic apps to ensure you don’t hit any danger.


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