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Winter Driving advice from Ballymena Tyres

Ballymena Tyres advise that you check your tyres before any long journey. In the wintertime it is even more important take care when driving. Here is some advice from the PSNI website which will keep you safe on the roads this winter. (Featured Image: Pavel P; Creative Commons)

  • Before you set off on your journey:
  • Make sure your vehicle is in winter roadworthy condition.
  • Check that your tyres meet the legal requirements. Tyres that do not have the legal tread will seriously affect your car’s traction and steering.
  • Clear your windscreen properly of ice and snow.
  • Check brakes, lights, and oil and washer fluid levels.
  • Carry water and de-icer in the car with you.
  • If you are going on a longer journey, make sure you bring food, hot drinks, warm blankets and a fully charged mobile phone.

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If you must travel in wintry weather remember to:

  • Slow down and leave plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels lock, ease of the brakes.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists and always clear all ice and snow off the car windows before setting out.
  • Drive slowly on snow in the highest gear possible.
  • Never overtake snowploughs or gritting lorries. The drivers have limited visibility, and you are likely to find that the road in front of them is worse that the road behind.
  • Do not assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
  • Carry wellingtons or other strong boots and weatherproof clothing in case your have to get out and walk, or push a car.

Be sure to take care of your car this winter and be really careful on the roads. If you are not sure how to check if your tyres are roadworthy then call in with Ballymena Tyres who will give you advice.