In the week where the UK will move to British Summer Time – with the clock’s going forward this Easter weekend and signalling the supposed arrival of spring – the nation has been blanketed in snow.
But with the weather thankfully subsiding and spring hopefully waiting just around the corner it’s important to know how to prepare your car for the next season.
There’s no doubt driving in winter is the most tricky time of the year for conditions. Snow and ice reduce grip, meaning braking distances have to be increased five fold over dry roads.
But as the new season sits patiently, waiting for the snow to melt, it brings with it a new set of factors to look out for. Here are T W White & Sons’ top tips for driving in spring:
While it might not be quite as slippy as snow and ice, April is known for its sudden showers, potentially reducing grip levels very quickly from dry to wet.
If you get caught up in a downpour, make sure you double your braking distances. It’s worth noting that low sun can also reflect off the wet road surface, so reduce your speed if visibility is decreased.
KEEP SCREEN WASH TOPPED UP
If it does shower, the chances are you’ll be affected by spray from cars in front. It’s therefore important to keep your screen wash topped up to clear the windscreen and keep visibility as strong as possible.
If the weather should take a turn for the worse again, the anti-freeze content of the screen wash will also stop the solution from freezing, potentially expanding, cracking pipes and causing expensive damage.
As the conditions warm up more people will begin their fair weather pursuits, such as motorcycling, bike and horse riding, as well as running and walking.
Country roads are a favourite for most of these activities and can often be narrow and unsighted. Be mindful that of what could be around the next corner and adjust your speed accordingly.
Just because the snow and ice of winter has melted, don’t think it means the roads are in perfect condition again. There’ll be lots of grit salt residue left over and as farmers begin their activities in the countryside again, there’ll potentially be mud strewn across the road.
Look out for signs of this near field gates and slow down – if the road is muddy, be prepared to meet a tractor or another form of farm vehicle further down the road.
As animals come out of hibernation there’ll be more wildlife to contend with. Rabbits, hedgehogs and other small creatures are more common in spring and summer – if you see one in the road, don’t swerve to avoid it.
Nobody wants to hurt any form of life, but in swerving you could cause a crash that might injure you and your vehicle’s occupants. It’s better to have a broken bumper or light that can be easily repaired than a written off car.
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