Lancaster Insurance Urges Caution in the Cold Weather

Lancaster Insurance want to make sure everyone driving on the roads is aware of the additional precautions needed to be taken to overcome any problems that may be encountered.

(PRWEB UK) 22 November 2012

Whilst many of the classic car fans out there will be tucking up their beloved classics for the winter months, many will continue to use them during the colder weather. For those that are, Lancaster Insurance want to make sure everyone driving on the roads is aware of the additional precautions needed to be taken to overcome any problems that may be encountered.

One of the most common incidents or problems drivers encounter in winter is skidding and a lot of the time this may be caused by the driver misreading the road situation, or making sudden or jerky manoeuvres. What is the best thing to do when a car is skidding? The main thing to remember if a vehicle does begin to skid is to try and remain calm, lift off of the accelerator, or gently break whilst steering into the direction the car is skidding in. Drive Smarter (http://www.drivesmarter.co.uk) offer some invaluable tips for winter driving and handling a skid in this short video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaDDOPTmql0.

A major concern for drivers this time of year is poor visibility. This can be caused by a multitude of reasons from rain, fog, snow, to the shorter daylight hours. It is also important to thoroughly clear windows and mirrors from snow/ice. It is important to be aware of these hazards and to take extra precautions when encountering them.

It is important to prepare a vehicle for this time of year and to check that all the fluids such as antifreeze and screen wash are topped up. It is also important to check the battery, lights, tyres (using winter tyres can be safer) are in full working order. A top tip to stop your door seals freezing up is to add a thin layer of polish, also a quick squirt of WD-40 should stop any door locks from freezing too.

Other essentials to consider carrying in the vehicle are a blanket/sleeping bag, shovel, salt, reflective jacket, torch and batteries, ice scrapper and de-icer, jump leads, snacks, bottled water, tow rope and extra screen wash in case of emergencies.

Key points to remember when driving in poor weather conditions, is to reduce speed to increase stopping distances and only head out in such conditions if absolutely necessary. Keeping to these easy tips could stop any unnecessary accidents and subsequent claims on a driver’s car insurance policy.


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