The AA published it results of a December poll into our winter driving habits. Apparently 60% of us use a scraper yet only 12% of people ensure that every the ice is removed before starting their voyage. Without doubt, younger drivers the actual lazy ones when it comes to cold mornings, with nearly a quarter ones admitting to driving with frozen windows. Young drivers also represent the largest number of those using hot water to clear their screens. Hot water is very risky on the freezing morning, any sudden change in temperature in many cases can crack glass or at the least freeze your wipers to your screen as the water cools rapidly.
If you start your automobile to speed up the defrosting process, stay by using at all times. The tell tale plume of steam from exhausts shouts easy target to thieves and its possible that the insurance company will not pay out on negligence a contributing factor. With your car running too as your heater set to re-circulation, switch on the heated rear window and heated mirrors, remove snow by using a brush then scrape clear all your windows. Taking off the ice helps speed inside the warming of your blower heater and stops it from being a road risk to pedestrians and cyclists, it also saves fuel.
When starting your engine, depress your clutch to reduce the effort of the starter motor. In the winter months batteries loose much of their capacity, in case you do short journeys, try to throw in an every week run that gets everything to temperature and tops in the battery.
Once up and running, don't feel that people only get stuck in snow miles from home, evidence from the emergency break down companies suggests that the bulk of people who get stuck in snow, outside of major motorways, go up within walking distance of their house. Be careful coming from a moment you leave your drive. Positive your tyres provide the right pressures within and that they've at least 3mm of tread, so snow tyres much better than but snow is unpredictable in the UK, so keep the eye on your tyres. Ensure your screen wash is full and contains a strong mix of Winter grade screen wash, this stop it freezing anyone have sprayed that it. Lubricate all your locks, maybe with WD40 and carry some grit or even cat litter to get you going if you get stuck. A small shovel may also help.
Make sure that the mobile is fully charged before leaving and consider carrying some warm shoes, a bob cap and gloves in case you get confused. If you live in an area that gets lots of snow, then maybe some chocolate, a hot drink and a blanket.
Pull away slowly, ideally in second gear. The winter driving secret is your speed and the gap that you leave in front. An oversized gap gives you the option of slowing using your gears and maintaining control. If you are on a motorway, keep into the lane with least snow and don't keep changing lanes over the excellent skiing conditions. When going down hill, slow down more, on ice downhill, skidding is extremely dangerous as you can gain momentum rather than just have 1 child that which you have already got. Be prepared offer way round parked cars to anyone coming up the hill, the thing that they want to do is stop. Keep you lights on and if it is snowing, keep your wipers on all of the time.
If you find yourself in trouble in snow, try turning your wheel side to side to get to tarmac, if this fails, dig just a little clear run to the front of the driving wheels and set some salt grit or cat litter to get going again. If tend to be still stuck, run your engine intermittently to stay warm but check your exhaust is transparent. Wrap up warm while your lights on so that the emergency services know the car is pre occupied.