The police have issued some tips for winter driving. These are:
1. Check your lights are working, with there being more darkness now make sure you check all your lights are working. Many garages will replace them for you when you buy a new bulb and cheaper than a £50 ticket, you could receive for driving with faulty lights.
2. Check your tyres, with the winter comes the rain and ice so checking your tyres are inflated correctly and do not have any damage is vital for making sure your vehicle is safe on the roads. If your vehicle was found to have damaged/dangerous tyres, you could be looking at points on your license and/or a £85 “What Drives Us” Safety Course.
3. Before setting off ensure that your windscreen, windows and wing mirrors are defrosted completely. Also, make sure your windscreen wipers clean your windscreen effectively and your washer fluid is topped up as if you are found to be driving a vehicle with an impaired view, you could be looking at points on your license and/or a £85 “What Drives Us” Safety Course.
4. It is also important to make sure that your front and rear registration plates are kept clean and visible throughout the winter, make sure to check this before setting off as driving a vehicle with obscured registration plates comes with a £100 fine.
5. Finally, if you are making any journey throughout the winter ensure you have a phone with a full battery and warm clothing in case your journey is delayed for any reason.