Winter Driving Advice

Wed 21st Aug 2013

With torrential rain and high winds causing chaos on Britain's roads in recent days, Motordepot is urging drivers to stay safe by making sure their vehicles are 'winter-ready'.

As well as offering the full range of service packages, Motordepot also offers a 'Free Brake Inspection' and managing director Steve Butterley is encouraging as many people as possible to take advantage of this service.

"If anyone is worried about the performance of their vehicle's brakes, I would urge them to book a check with Motordepot as soon as possible.

"It goes without saying that damaged brake pads or discs dramatically increase the chances of an accident in wet and icy weather, so why not get them checked out for free?

"In addition to that, I would advise anyone that now is the ideal time to get a vehicle serviced."

"Breakdown numbers and accidents inevitably increase during the cold and wet autumn/winter months but research shows that many weather-related incidents are avoidable providing a vehicle has its electrics and tyres in good working order. Why run the risk?"

Here is Motordepot's advice on how to dramatically reduce the chances of an accident or breakdown during in wet weather.

Before setting off;

1. Consider whether your journey is absolutely essential or not? If it is, can it not be delayed until after the rain has subsided

2. Plan your journey in advance. Allow extra time for slower speeds and potential congestion. Wherever possible, look to avoid areas which are prone to flooding.

3. Make sure your windscreen wiper blades are fully functional. If a problem occurs whilst driving - find a safe place to stop!

4. Make sure your tires have sufficient tread. Bald tyres reduce traction on wet roads and significantly increase the threat of aquaplaning.

5. Carry a mobile phone in case you encounter any difficulties during your journey.

On the road;

1. Slow everything down. It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.

2. Keep a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front. As well as providing a greater breaking distance, you will avoid the worst of the spray.

3. Be seen. A good rule of thumb is whenever you need to use your windscreen wipers, switch on your headlights!

4. Grip your steering wheel more firmly. Wet weather demands greater control and strong winds can also unsettle your vehicle.

5. Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water