Scanning the news stories to look back at what a bad winteron the roads can be like. We came across this picture and story from the Telegraph that can sum up how bad things can get here in Scotland when we experienceserious snow. The picture below reminds us of how bad things got on the M876 nearKincardine Bridge in 2018 when Storm Emma brought sub zero conditions to theUK.
So, for many drivers, looking at that picture the thought of a winter trip to the Highlands or Islands has us thinking of the hazards we can endure. Looking back at this story and also coming across another picture from a BBC news story gives you an insight as to just how bad things can get if you have never driven around Scotland in the middle winter.
We know some of you will be strapping on the skis to the roof rack preparing to head off to beautiful Scotland with our breath taking snow capped mountains and peaceful lochs. And you will be thinking about ending your day with a dram of whisky while sitting by a blazing coal fire?
In reality this is all very possible, but as you can see in being reminded by these newspaper stories our winters can be harsh and quickly changeable.
So, it is really important to take good care and be well prepared for any journey. Check the route you're intending to travel and have an alternative in mind. It may well take longer to reach your destination so bear this in mind, when thinking about leaving/arrival times. Ensure that your vehicle is well maintained and serviced, ready for the winter.
•Lights, windows and mirrors must be free from snow as well as the roof and bonnet to avoid blowing snow reducing your visibility.
•Always have a scraper and de-icer with you in the car and make sure you have anti-freeze in the radiator and screenwash.
•Ensure that lights and wipers are working well.
•The minimum legal limit of tread is 1.6mm. For winter driving at least 3mm is recommended. Check them.
Be prepared for severe weather and keep an emergency kit in the car. Nourishing snacks a hot flask and extra clothing or blankets would be needed if you were stranded. Additionally consider:
•a spade/snow shovel and torch.
•a high visibility vest so that if you leave your car you are clearly seen.
•a mobile phone and charger.
•battery jump leads, tow ropes and a warning triangle
If driving in snow and/or severe conditions is a regular part of your life, a 4 wheel-drive is the safest option. Have a look at these current deals - and speak to us if you no longer want to drive a rear wheel drive this winter.
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Posted Update 12th December 2020 at 10:30 PM