As the weather continues to get colder, many drivers start to prepare their cars for the winter and businesses start to give away more and more promotional products for winter. This includes a number of different factors, including checking the tyre treads and ensuring your car is stocked up on de-icer and other necessary items.
Being Prepared For The Roads In Winter With The Right Accessories
Breakdowns are much more common at this time of the year, so it's important to make sure you are prepared for the possible eventuality. So, what do you need to make sure you are safe when driving this winter? First of all, remember that there is much more demand put on your car at this time of year. Whether it be the increased use of lights, wipers and heating or the increased amount of traffic due to people being less inclined to walk. With this in mind, you should think about keeping spare bulbs in your boot. You should also make sure you are registered with a reputable breakdown company or have a plan should the worst happen. This is particularly true should you be driving an older car.
Visibility is also often reduced when it comes to winter. The nights become darker, as do the mornings so visibility is much lower. You should ensure that you have all the items necessary to try and increase visibility. For example, ice scrapers and de-icer. You should not drive when your car has ice or snow on the windscreen under any circumstances. Not only is it against the law, but it's also bad for your car and decreases your visibility. It is much safer to have promotional ice scrapers in your car.
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You should also make sure your tyre tread is good enough for winter driving. Experts recommend a tyre tread of at least 3mm when driving in the winter, and certainly no less than 2mm. Some people change to snow or winter tyres, however in the UK, these are rarely required and can in some cases damage the road. All that you require is a tyre tread measure to make sure your tyres are up to scratch.
You should also ensure you have a winter survival pack in your car. This should include everything you need in case you break down, such as a torch and change in case you need to use a phone box. You may also want to consider leaving a blanket in your car in case you are stranded in the cold.
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Driving in the winter can be very difficult, particularly if you aren't very experienced. It is even more difficult in snowy conditions and often not advised. What are your winter driving tips? Let us know on our Facebook page.
If you're looking at helping your customer's prepare for the winter months then take a look at our winter promotional giveaways section on our website - we're sure you'll find what you're looking for!