Driving in Cold Weather | Chipex

Chipex tips and advice for driving safely in the cold weather

It’s the time of year when the temperature begins to drop lower and lower and morning become more and more difficult! Nobody likes driving in the cold weather; the freezing cold wait for your windscreen to demist, shivering while waiting an age for your heaters to fill the car with lovely warm air, scraping frost off the windscreen while your skin almost turns to ice itself. It’s never fun.

While we all wish we could just jump into the car, turn the heating on full blast, drive off and hope for the best, it’s not quite that simple. Even though it’s a total pain to have to go through these motions before driving in the cold, if you don’t you are putting yourself and other road users at a great risk. If your car paintwork suffers any damage, you’d definitely rather it wasn’t self inflicted!

There are some things you need to always make sure you have taken of before you set of off a chilly morning_

Demist your windscreen

One of the most important things you need to always be certain of when you’re driving in the cold is that your screen has been thoroughly demisted. We have previously discussed the importance of demisting, and also have an excellent article about how best to go about doing it. This is probably the most important step you can take for your own safety and that of other drivers. You should also take steps to look after your windscreen so that the glare from low Winter sun doesn’t distract you when you’re driving.

Keep an eye on your tyres

If the roads are frosty, you will definitely want your car to be able to get a good grip. Make sure your typers have a tread depth of 3mm minimum, and test your tyre pressure every two weeks to make sure that they’re in good shape to keep you safe on the roads.

Test your lights

During the Winter, when the days are as short and you’ll often be driving in the dark, it’s so important to always make certain that all of your lights are in working order. They also need to be checked in foggy, misty weather, which is another less enjoyable hallmark of the Winter months!

Making sure your car is in top working order is guaranteed to keep you and your car safe and out of harm’s way this Winter. For more advice about how you can keep your car in ready for driving in cold weather, please contact us.