Winter safety when driving

That time of year is upon us when the nights and mornings are dark and frosty and it is not unusual to get ice and even snow. This can make for horrible driving conditions and although you may not want to, there may be times when you have to. Although you can never completely avoid the risk of an accident, there are things you can do to try and ensure that you and your vehicle is as safe as can be.

Two of the main safety features of a car is the brakes and the tyres. Both of these should be checked regularly by inspecting them but with your brakes you should also test them when driving at slower speeds. Your tyres need to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread left on them for them to be legal but most garages say that anything less than 3mm starts to affect your braking distance. During the winter months especially, it is even more important to check that not only is there plenty of tread left on your tyres but that they also are inflated to the correct pressure and free from any damage. This could be a puncture, bulging or cuts / cracks.