DriveTech is excited to be supporting Road Safety Week organised by Brake, so look out for our tips and advisories throughout the week to help you stay safe and to work towards reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
The whole idea of Road Safety Week is to raise awareness and encourage you to share the messages with your own business driving communities.
Driving in winter can present many hazards, ranging from a mild cold snap that can compromise visibility through to driving on ice and snow, which can endanger the wellbeing of both you and other road users.
However, as long as you're well prepared and take sensible precautions, all winter driving hazards should be no more than a mild inconvenience. To maximise safety on treacherous roads, please take a look at our winter driving advice.
- The performance of standard tyres deteriorates when the temperature drops below 7ºC. Winter tyres use a special rubber designed to stay flexible at low temperatures for better braking and more grip 
- Frost and wet patches can linger in some areas after they have disappeared elsewhere - under trees, crossing bridges, areas exposed to winds, areas shadowed by buildings
- Crucially, ABS lets you steer and brake at the same time but it can increase stopping distances on ice and snow
- Black ice is hard to spot and is caused by rain falling on an already frozen surface
- Sudden and heavy snow can close roads for hours while, if a lorry jack-knifes on ice ahead of you, you’ll be stuck along with everyone else, no matter how well equipped your car is
- Re-fuel the night before the journey; check radio/TV for traffic and weather updates
- Keep breakdown recovery contact numbers in the vehicle
- Do a POWDER check: Petrol or diesel for the journey; sufficient Oil and other fluids? Water for washers, radiator, drinking; Damage to lights, windows, mirrors, number plates; Electrics - bulbs, wipers, horn and warning lights, Rubber; tyres, wiper blades
- Remove ice and snow from all windows before moving off. If you have to clear snow, don’t forget the lights, so you can be seen, and the roof so it doesn’t fall on the windscreen and block your view
- Set dashboard air outlets towards door windows to improve wing mirror visibility
- Use dipped headlights so that others can see you
- Only travel at a speed at which you will be able to stop within the distance you can see to be clear
- Avoid harsh braking and acceleration or aggressive steering, as these actions can lead to skids; reduce your speed smoothly and use brakes gently
- Drive in the highest gear as soon as possible but ensure it offers engine braking when the accelerator is released, crucial when descending slopes or hills
- When in snow and ice, use engine braking through the gears; just touch the brake pedal lightly to show brake lights to others behind
- A lack of road noise could indicate the presence of ice. Increase your following distance by ten times when driving on ice
- Fresh snow can provide better grip at low speeds than compacted snow, which is effectively ice
- On any journey, always take: a hi-vis jacket, mobile phone & charger and first aid kit
- In winter months, you should also carry: de-icer and ice scraper, extra screen wash, torch, warm clothes, sturdy footwear, a shovel and snacks/drinking water in case you get stuck or delayed for a long time
Sources  Michelin Tyres 2013
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