Tips for Winter Driving
Driving in wintry conditions can be stressful and tricky. Drivers have to contend with black ice, for example, which is hard to spot and can cause skidding. The sun sitting low in the sky and its rays reflecting off the snow can also dazzle drivers and don’t forget car radiators can freeze during a cold snap.
Before driving in snow or icy conditions, consider if the journey is absolutely necessary, especially when children are involved. If you need to drive then take care and remember to slow down. Keep your insurance company’s breakdown assistance number handy in case you need to call.
#1. Plan Your Route
Plan your route carefully so you can avoid minor roads. You are better sticking to the main roads which are safer and more likely to be gritted.
#2. Avoid Bulky Winter Clothes
Although you want to wrap your little ones up to keep them warm, don’t strap your child into a car seat with a bulky coat as it can affect the ability of your car seat to do its job. A bulky coat can compress in a crash and create a loose car seat harness, putting your child at greater risk of injury in the unlikely event of a crash.
To keep your child warm, you can place a blanket (or even the coat) over the tightened car seat belt.