ROAD safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging motorists to take extra care as cold and wintry
ROAD safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging motorists to take extra care as cold and wintry conditions arrive at last.
GEM is encouraging drivers to make good use of some simple safety tips in order to reduce the chance of risk, delay and difficulty.
• Don’t drive if you don’t really need to. The easiest way to avoid trouble from winter conditions is not to venture out in the car. If bad weather threatens, or has already arrived, then postpone your journey and eliminate the risk of becoming stuck somewhere.
• Listen for weather updates, and plan your travel accordingly.
• If you have to make a road journey, then prepare a set of essential items, including shovel, fully charged mobile phone, torch, ice scraper, food, water, jump leads, first aid kit, warm clothes and a supply of sand or gravel to assist with grip if your wheels are spinning.
• If you’re out on the road in snow, then keep your speed down, leave plenty of space between yourself and the vehicle in front, give room to snowploughs and gritter trucks, and be ready for sudden, rapid deteriorations in conditions.
• Remember that driving in winter conditions can be hard work, so ensure you take sufficient breaks.