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Winter driving tips
- Increase the 2-second rule: In normal conditions, an ideal 2-second rule following distance is advised, but in poor weather it is safer to increase this distance.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly: Take your time to accelerate and decelerate as your vehicle can lose traction in snowy conditions, resulting in a potential accident.
- Know your brakes: Whether you have anti-lock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Gently apply and release pressure at a moderate rate. Do not apply quick pressure as this can cause your vehicle to skid.
- Drive slowly: Reduce your speed to match driving conditions. Allow more time for the journey and take extra precaution when travelling over bridges and ramps as they may be more slippery than main roads.
- Check tyre pressure weekly: Tyre pressures drop when it gets cold. When checking your tyre pressures outside in cold weather, re-inflate them to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.