How to Drive Safely in Winter

Winter weather can make driving more challenging, and it is important for drivers of all types of vehicles to know how to drive safely in winter conditions. Whether you are driving a company car, a grey fleet vehicle, or a pool vehicle, there are some precautions you should take when driving during the cold season.  First, make sure that your vehicle is properly equipped for winter weather. This means checking the tyres, making sure they have plenty of tread and are properly inflated. You should also check the antifreeze levels, windshield wipers, and lights to ensure they are working properly. If you experience any problems with your vehicle during the winter, be sure to have them addressed immediately. When it comes to driving in the snow, always take your time. Drive slowly and carefully and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles on the road. Avoid braking sharply, as this could cause your vehicle to skid. Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses, as these areas can freeze over first. In icy conditions, increase your following distance from other vehicles and avoid abrupt steering manoeuvres.  When driving in icy or snowy conditions, never use cruise control. If you find yourself stuck in snow or ice, do not spin your wheels; instead, gently rock the car back and forth to try to get it unstuck. If you cannot get your car moving again, turn on your hazard lights and contact emergency services for help.  Be sure to take regular breaks while driving in winter weather, as fatigue can be a major factor in accidents. It’s also important to dress warmly and keep an emergency kit in your car, in case you become stranded. Follow these simple steps and you can stay safe while driving your company car, grey fleet vehicle, or pool vehicle this winter. DVLA