Weather warning !This time of year, we all travel to see friends and family, but are we really ready to deal with driving in the winter weather? book driving lessons online Queensland have put together a few suggestions to help drivers to deal with this weather. The first question to ask is do I really need to travel, could I wait for the weather to improve? Ok so you need to travel have you checked your car ?Fuel, make sure you have enough Light, make sure they all work, carry spare bulbs, make sure they are clean and free of snow. O Check the oil level. W Check your engine coolant and your windscreen washer fluid. E Electrics, make sure your battery is in good working order, and that all electrics are working as they should. R Rubber, check your tyre tread, and you tyre pressure, make sure your wiper blades are in good condition.
Carry an emergency kit
A basic kit should include: de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food, and any medication you may need, in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down. Make sure your phone is fully charged, and you have break down cover.
When roads are slippery it can take you up to 10 times longer to stop.
Reduce your speed and drive with extra care, if on ice use higher gears, Be aware that ice forms more easily on:
- hilly or exposed roads• roads that pass under or over a bridge• roads shaded by trees or buildings Skidding is usually caused by the driver braking, accelerating or steering too harshly or driving too fast for the road conditions. If skidding occurs, remove the cause by releasing the brake pedal fully or easing off the accelerator. Turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid. For example, if the rear of the vehicle skids to the right, steer immediately to the right to recover. Read the highway code, and Driving the essential skills, both are full of advice on driving in all types of weather.
Take a bad weather driving lesson if this is available in your area, skid pan training is another fun way of improving your skills, and can be done any time of year.