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Winter Driving Tips

Edinburgh, Fife, The Lothians and Central Scotland have already been hit hard with hazardous winter driving conditions, snow and ice have led the way so the RAC compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions for driving in these conditions.

Below are the questions and a few handy tips about maintaining your van or car and driving during the cold weather:

Question : How can I prevent my washer bottle from freezing?
Use a suitable screenwash additive and top it up regularly. Also, keeping the vehicle in a garage will normally prevent it from freezing. If the washer bottle has already frozen, try pouring warm water in to help defrost it.

Question : If I use my wipers to clear snow and ice from the windscreen, will it damage them?
It’s advisable not to use the wipers to clear heavy snow and ice, as it may cause the fuse to blow. This is because the wipers may not be able to cope with the weight of the snow, or may be frozen to the glass.

Question : If my locks freeze, what should I do?
Lock de-icers are available, but if you don’t have any available, use warm water poured over the lock barrel area. Also, it’s worth gently working the key in and out of the lock a few times to help free it off.

Question : What checks should I be doing on my vehicle for the winter?
There are several easy checks you can carry out yourself that Tuff Van Hire automatically do before any hire: Check tyre pressures (including the spare), tyre tread depths, oil, washer fluid and anti freeze / coolant levels, lights are all working correctly, check front and rear wiper blades for wear or splitting

Question : What should I do to avoid skidding in the snow or ice?
When you know the roads are icy or covered in snow, try to avoid any heavy braking and use the gears to slow down. Make sure you drive in the highest gear possible to help keep control of the vehicle. Driving vans ensure corners are taken slowly and remember when driving with an empty load to pay special attention.

Question : What should I be carrying in the van or car for a winter journey?
A must-have list for your winter van or car kit should include: a torch, blankets, wellies, an ice scraper, de-icer, battery jump leads and a first aid kit. These are all worth keeping in the car all the time, but especially in the winter. For long journeys, it’s always worth having a flask of warm drink just in case the worst happens and you get stuck or break down. Make sure you have plenty of fuel before you start out, in case you get stuck in traffic.

By carrying out a few basic checks motorists can potentially prevent a breakdown. RAC advises motorists to make the following checks which Tuff Van Hire carry out before all vans are hired out:

  • Check tyre pressure (spare tyre too!), tread depth, at least 3mm is advisable in winter conditions, and oil level
  • Check all lights are working correctly and remember to keep them clean
  • Check front and rear wiper blades for wear or splitting
  • Screen wash additive should be added to prevent freezin

Follow these simple by effective tips for driving in the winter months to ensure you get to your destination safely.

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