It’s December first and the heavy frosts are beginning to set in as the evenings grow colder. Despite our mild Winter experience so far in 2016, rest assured these helpful tips from Bridgestone tyres will help keep you safe as the cold snaps hit.
Managing Director of Bridgetone Robin Shaw has recommend these simple tips to protect drivers over the Winter period. “Driving in winter conditions is something everyone must prepare for. It is not only about having the right tyres; the driver’s behaviour is also essential in these conditions as he or she needs to understand and adapt to different winter hazards.
“It is therefore crucial to not only prepare our vehicles, but also ourselves when the weather gets cold.”
These 6 simple tips will set you right!
- Periodically check traction, or available grip, when driving in challenging conditions. Road conditions can change drastically in a short period of time or distance in winter. Apply the brakes with moderate pressure to determine the available grip and adapt your driving, if needed, to respond to ever-changing road conditions.
- Under-inflated tyres not only compromise motorists’ ability to brake and manoeuvre safely, but they also consume more fuel and wear out faster. Information on the recommended tyre pressure can be found in the operating manual, on the inside of the door pillars or under your fuel cap.
- The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. Insert a 20p coin in the tread; if you can see the border, it’s time to change the tyres.
- Maximise available grip by separating driving manoeuvres when negotiating a curve. Brake to an appropriate speed while travelling in a straight line prior to a curve. This allows you to use all the available grip for negotiating the curve. Accelerate gradually when you are able to straighten the steering wheel at the exit of the turn.
- Avoid cruise control in wet, icy or snowy conditions. Maintain control of acceleration and deceleration at all times.
- Avoid driving in bad weather conditions. Your safety comes first.
Safe & Happy Driving!