Keep safe this winter with Road Safety Week and Lloyd Motor Group
Date posted: 16 November 2018
As part of National Road Safety Week, Lloyd Motor Group is highlighting the ways we can adapt our driving and the preparation we can take to keep safe during the winter months.
Driving in the winter is very different than in other times of the year. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness (especially after the clocks go back at the end of October) makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over recent winters, with prolonged periods of heavy snow and floods.
Different weather conditions create different hazards throughout the winter and in different areas of the country at different times. A single journey may take us into very different weather, road and traffic conditions, so we need to be prepared for each one. This means that we need to adapt the way we drive and prepare our vehicles for these conditions.
- Establish the grip on your brakes - Road conditions can alter quickly in winter. So, if you get into a spin due to an icy road, apply your car’s brakes with mild pressure to establish the available grip and adjust your driving where necessary.
- When icy, keep your gears high - 68% of UK motorists* think the best way to drive on icy and snowy roads is in the lowest gear, when in fact using the highest possible gear is the safest option. Unbelievably, 5%* think driving in neutral is the most suitable gear to use in the snow. *Information sourced from a survey conducted by Euro Car Parts
- Know which lights to use - when there is heavy snow, the best lighting to use is your dipped beams – most people believe that switching to fog lights is best but this is actually dangerous to other motorists in non-foggy conditions.
- Avoid cruise control in icy, wet or snowy weather – it’s best that you keep control of your acceleration and deceleration always!
- Prepare your vehicle, top up your screen wash, de-frost all windows before setting off.
- Know your journey and should you not have Sat Nav, be aware of alternative routes you could take.
- Ensure you have plenty of fuel in the tank to compensate for any required detours.
- Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front to compensate longer stopping distances.
- Take your time when accelerating/decelerating to avoid skidding.
- Prepare! All Lloyd Motor Group Retailers offer Winter Health Checks, to give you reassurance that your vehicle will be in optimum condition to battle the elements throughout the winter months.
The Lloyd Winter Health Check is only £19.99 and includes:
- Vehicle Health check
- Tyre Condition check
- Lights and levels check
- Battery check
- Complimentary top up of fluids*
- Complimentary wash and vacuum
*top up to 1 litre, not full re-fill.
Please note, The Lloyd Winter Health Check needs to be pre-booked.