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Winter Driving Tips to Help Your Car Avoid the Scrapyard

This winter, thousands of people will be getting behind the wheel to make the journey to see their families and to spend time with their loved ones. With so many people on the roads at this time of year, and with the number of accidents increasing as the colder months settle in, it is important to familiarise yourself with these essential winter driving tips. In their latest blog post, Craddock Metal Recycling explain how to make your car winter ready and how to stay safe on the roads this Christmas.

1. Make Your Car Winter Ready

Before you put the key in the ignition, there are a number of steps you can take to help make your journey a safer one. Firstly, make sure you inspect the overall condition of your car, in particular, the wheels and the brakes, to make sure your car is safe to drive. If your tyres are bare and either below or dangerously close to the minimum tread depth, then you should replace them as soon as possible. If your brakes are spongy and soft, be sure to get these checked by a professional and avoid driving on motorways or A-roads before getting them reviewed.

One of the most routine winter driving tips also revolves around the condition of your windscreen. Before setting off in the morning, make sure you de-ice your car properly, and do not try and drive until your screen is completely clear. Allow extra time in the morning to clear your windscreen before setting off each morning.

2. Accommodate for the Weather

Stopping distances are significantly reduced in snowy conditions, so take this into account when driving. Allow extra room to the car in front of you and be well prepared for the vehicle in front of you to brake suddenly. In poor conditions, you should also reduce your speed to allow more time for braking and to avoid any accidents caused from skidding.

If the weather is extremely poor, then only drive if it is absolutely essential. As we mentioned earlier, accidents are far more common in poor conditions, so avoid driving if you can help it.

3. Prepare for Every Eventuality

If you have fallen foul to the bad weather and have either broken down or been involved in an accident, make sure you are well prepared. Every driver should have a breakdown kit consisting of blankets, foot pumps, hazard lights and other items in their vehicle at all times in case of emergency. Your fuel consumption is also increased in bad weather, so if you are making an exceptionally long journey this Christmas, it is advised to keep a spare tank of fuel in your car just in case. Make sure you have a way of contacting the emergency services, too.

It is important to be aware of all these winter driving tips to ensure that every journey you make this Christmas is a safe one and to prevent your car from ending up in our yard. If you car does need scrapping, however, contact us today by calling us on 01527 66866 or by leaving us a message via our online contact form.