Driverschecks :

Brakes, lights, tyres, screen wipers & washers, mirrors, horn, oil & water.

When in the car you should check that:

The parking brake is applied

The driving seat is correctly adjusted for you

All interior and exterior mirrors are clean and adjusted appropriately for you

Lenses and screens of rear-view equipment are clean and clear

Gauges and warning systems are working

You have sufficient fuel for your journey

The doors are working and are closed

Driving and Winter

Stay alert, slow down and stay in control — the three key elements to safe winter driving. Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.


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Drive more slowly   Use the GEARS to slow down Brake only if you need to before you turn a corner.  If you go into a skid, turn your wheels into the skid and accelerate slightly to regain control of your vehicle. Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving in  snow. Use all the controls - accelerator, brakes, clutch and steering - as gently and progressively as possible. Try to maintain a constant speed, choosing the most suitable gear in advance to avoid having to change down while climbing a hill. When driving downhill, choose third or fourth gear to prevent skidding.

Keep the drivers window open slightly (you can then pick up changes in tyre noise easily). Tyres on slick ice are silent, so go very careful when things go quiet.
                                           SO :

Are your lights clean and working?  your windows and mirrors clear?  Are your tyres the correct pressure and do they have enough tread? Have you checked the spare?

While you are driving :

   Keep a good distance from the vehicle in front  Use dipped headlights when visibility is poor.

   Avoid harsh braking/accelerating, Be aware of others and anticipate what could happen,                

   Signal your manoeuvres well in advance.