16 November 2023

Navigating Winter Roads Safely

Navigating Winter Roads Safely: 

As the days grow colder and the nights longer, ensuring your vehicle is prepared for the challenges of autumn and winter becomes crucial. Let’s drive with caution, stay prepared, and prioritise safety above all else.

Winter Driving Tips:

  • Visibility Matters: Clear snow and ice from all surfaces—windows, mirrors, lights, and even the roof. Skip using water, as it can damage the glass.
  • Emergency Readiness: Keep an Emergency Kit in your car, featuring a hazard triangle, foil blankets, and a First Aid box. Discover more essentials below.
  • Tread Depth Check: Use a 20p coin to check your tyre tread depth. If the outer band is visible, it's time to replace your tyres.
  • Flood Avoidance: Steer clear of flooded roads. If water is too deep, find an alternative route.
  • Spare Tyre Check: Ensure your spare is in good condition before you need it.
  • Pothole Caution: Scan the road for potholes; they can damage tyres and alloys.
  • Stay Informed: Tune in to weather reports and traffic updates for road closures and bad weather.
  • Avoid Cruise Control In Hazardous Conditions: On slippery or icy roads, skip cruise control to maintain better vehicle control.

Winter Emergency Car Kit Essentials: 

  • Ice Scraper and De-Icer
  • Hazard Triangle
  • Foil Blankets and a spare blanket
  • First Aid Box
  • Hi-vis Vest or Jacket
  • Bottle of Water
  • Spare Coat or Jumper
  • Torch
  • Phone Charger
  • Jump Leads
  • Locking Wheel Nut
  • Tyre Inflation Kit

Sadly, accidents and unexpected events can happen. 

If you're looking for insurance advice or a quote for your commercial vehicle or minibus, consider reaching out to Unity Insurance Services on 0333 188 0148