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The ten tips below will help you reduce the risk of a breakdown and to avoid the disruption that a breakdown usually causes.
- Regular Servicing – have the car serviced regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended schedule. Make sure that less frequent actions such as renewal of antifreeze, brake fluid and timing belt are attended to at the appropriate intervals too.
- Fuel – put bluntly, don’t run out! Get into the habit of filling when the tank’s half empty rather than waiting for the warning light. This allows you to travel further in unfamiliar areas if your chosen route is blocked.
- Fluids – Check water, oil and other fluids regularly – your vehicle handbook will show you how, and specify which products to use if topping up is required.
- Tyres – check tread, condition and pressure (with the tyres cold) regularly – the handbook will tell you the correct pressure. Don’t forget to check the spare too. Have a close look for bulges, cuts or other damage.
- Fix Faults – have any faults repaired promptly by a reputable garage rather than waiting for them to get worse or hoping they’ll go away.
- Warning Lights – don’t ignore warning lights! If a warning light stays on, check the vehicle handbook for advice – in some circumstances you can drive in safely.
- Battery – if you undertake short journeys, the battery may not recharge fully, particularly in the winter months. It helps to make a long journey from time to time or buy a battery conditioner to keep the battery topped up.
- Vehicle handbook – read the handbook carefully. Modern cars have complex emission systems such as diesel particulate filters which may require occasional adoption of a particular driving style or type of use.
- Spare Key – Carry a spare key or have it looked after by someone you know in case you lose one, break one or accidentally lock one in the car.
Clear all windows of snow and ice using de-icer and a scraper - do not set off with just a tiny hole cleared on the windscreen.
Check the roof for snow before you drive - it can slip down over the windscreen and obscure your view.
Besides an ice scraper and de-icer, it's worth carrying a mobile phone with fully charged battery, torch, first-aid kit, tow rope, blankets, a warm coat and boots, jump leads, snow shovel, warning triangle, an old sack or rug and water repellent spray.
Plan routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been gritted.
Allow at least ten minutes to prepare the car.
Driving on Ice
If your tyres are making virtually no noise this could be a sign you're driving on ice.
If your vehicle skids, depress the clutch and turn the steering wheel into the direction of the skid. When the vehicle straightens steer along the road. Don't brake - it will just lock up your wheels and you'll skid further.
Stopping distances are ten times longer in ice and snow.
Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving.
Reduce your risk of skidding by reducing your speed; too much power is often the source of problems in snow and ice.
Wear comfortable, dry shoes: cumbersome, snow-covered boots will slip on the pedals.
Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.
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.
Always apply brakes gently.
If you do get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip. Once on the move again, try not to stop until you reach firmer ground.
"If you have an automatic, then under normal driving conditions (motorways, etc) it's best to select 'Drive' and let the gearbox do the work throughout the full gear range.
In slippery, snowy conditions you can make driving much safer by selecting '2', which limits the gear changes and also makes you less reliant on the brakes.
Many modern autos have a 'winter' mode which locks out first gear to reduce the risk of wheel spin. Check the handbook if you're not sure."
- You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced
- Fog lights should be used too but must be switched off (front and rear) when visibility improves
- Only drive as fast as conditions allow and maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front
- Use headlights if visibility is reduced
- Reduce your speed – stopping distances can be doubled on wet roads
- Roads can be slippery when rain follows a long dry spell
- If you do break down, don’t open the bonnet while you wait – wet electrics will make it harder to start the engine
- Don’t drive into water if you don’t know how deep it is or if it’s flowing quickly
- Drive slowly to avoid creating a bow wave and keep the engine revving by slipping the clutch, otherwise water in the exhaust could stall the engine
- Driving fast through standing water is dangerous, inconsiderate to pedestrians or cyclists and can cause expensive damage if water is sucked into the engine
- Expect sudden gusts at any time but particularly on open stretches of road or when overtaking high sided vehicles
- Keep your distance from other road users who could be blown into your path
- Keep your speed down and take great care particularly on country road – there could be a fallen tree around the corner
- Travel in early morning or late evening when it’s cooler and roads are quieter
- Keep keys safe and dry on the beach – salt in sea water can ruin electric circuits and keys are easily lost in the sand
From April 2013, the payments for referring injury claims will be banned under the Legal Aid and Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. Additionally, bodyshops and dealerships must bear in mind the Compensation Act 2006, which requires anyone referring more than 25 injury claims per calendar quarter to be regulated by the Ministry of Justice, even though the service may be incidental to their main business.
If you are injured you may wish to ensure that they are still obtaining proper representation. Our online notification system eliminates traditional contacts points and puts you directly in contact with a qualified solicitor, improving the level of service and simplifying the process.
All solicitors adhere to a strict service level agreement to ensure the best possible service to our customers.
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