I have mentioned in the past that FTS Safety Solutions have a variety of clients, which means that it’s impossible not to have to travel to the various businesses addresses. Sometimes it requires me to leave very early in the morning …
7 Top Tips For Winter Driving
This results in many instances where I’m subjected to poor driving situations caused by other road users and in more than one of these situations they have been extremely dangerous. Only last week, I was forced off the road by a white van driver who was hell bent on getting to his destination, regardless of any care or consideration for other road users.
The driver tried to force his way between my car and the oncoming traffic! In the end, I had no alternative but to mount the grass bank so that the idiot could get through. He then proceeded to do the same to the next three cars. If only I could have got more of his number plate than the first 4 digits I would have reported him, but then I doubt if anything would have happened, so he just disappeared off into the distance.
As my colleague said at the time, it was the only option I had or the car would have been damaged. I did have to get the tracking re-aligned as a result, but it could have been a lot worse, couldn’t it? This was just one of the insane driving situations that I have had to endure while travelling to the various businesses and the earlier the start, the more likely I am to come across them. I know we have all probably come into contact with someone who felt that they owned the road but it’s just one of the perils of the job.
Now winter draws in and the icy mornings are here I guess I’ll just have to be little more careful on my journey to work, after all it’s more likely to be the inconsiderate road user who may cause the accident.
Get up at least 10 minutes early to give you time to prepare your vehicle.
Here are my top tips for winter driving:
Clear all windows of snow and ice using de-icer and a scraper – do not set off with just a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen.
If it has snowed, clear the roof before you drive – it can slip down over the windscreen and obscure your view.
Don’t breathe on the lock, as the moisture will condense and freeze. I heard about someone who got their lip stuck to the lock!
Besides an ice scraper and de-icer, it’s worth carrying a mobile phone with a fully charged battery, a torch, first-aid kit, tow rope, blankets, warm coat, boots, jump leads, snow shovel, warning triangle, an old sack or rug and a water repellent spray.
Plan your routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been gritted.
Put safety before punctuality when the bad weather closes in, it’s always a good idea to allow extra time in winter for your journey.
Until next time …Stay safe whilst your driving in the ice and snow this winter. And if you’re looking for a well prepared PAT tester who always gets to his appointments on time, despite the worst of the weather, then call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and I’ll get right back to you.