Ireland’s leading intelligent mobility services specialist, Easytrip, is advising Irish motorists to take precautions to improve safety on roads as colder and more extreme weather conditions set in.
During the winter season driving can become more challenging for motorists due to busier roads and smaller amounts of day light hours. To help with this, Easytrip has compiled some of the top driving tips for colder conditions:
- Keep a safe distance: when driving always remember to keep the recommended distance between you and the vehicle in front – a minimum of two seconds in dry conditions and four seconds in wet.
- Use your lights: it is essential to ensure that a car is lit up correctly, with dipped headlights on, and visible to all road users. Switch on fog lights when visibility is poor.
- Carry out regular vehicle checks: inspect the condition of wiper blades, ensure all light bulbs are working and check oil, anti-freeze, water levels are sufficient. In addition, make sure that all tyres (including the spare tyre!) have sufficient air and meet the legal minimum thread depth of 1.6mm.
- Clean your windscreen regularly: always ensure that any debris, ice, or condensation is gone from the windscreen, rear screen, side windows and mirrors before driving off.
- Watch out for cyclists and pedestrians: ensure that you leave the recommended space for cyclists (1 metre space in speed zones of up to 50km/h and 1.5 metres space in speed zones over 50km/h) while driving and be aware of pedestrians who may not be visible in darkness.
- Be aware of tiredness: suffering from sleep deprivation can result in driving mistakes and an increased risk of being involved in an accident. If you feel fatigued while driving it is advised to pull over, park in a safe place and take a 15-minute break.
- Tip for electric vehicle drivers: keep in mind that the colder weather can cause electric cars to consume energy much quicker so pre-plan trips accordingly and ensure your route includes adequate charging stations for the distance you’ll be travelling.