Keeping the wheels turning this winter
Winter means business, but sometimes the seasonal weather has other plans!
The winter months can be a key trading period for many businesses, which is why it is important to have all the information you need to be prepared for the colder weather, so you and your business can keep moving forward, no matter what.
A van can only earn its keep when it’s out there moving on the road, so we have put together some key tips to help you reduce the risks that the bad weather can present.
Before setting off for a journey, take the time to ensure your van is ready for winter driving conditions, by checking your brakes, tyres, belts, alternator, anti-freeze, screen wash, oil and wiper blades at the start of the season and then again regularly throughout winter. Planning your journey can help you be prepared for the road conditions and make sure you keep the fuel tank half full over the winter months. Make sure your windscreen, windows, mirrors and lights are completely clear and de-iced and wipe your feet every time you get into your van as a little thing like this could prevent your feet slipping on the pedals.
To stay safe while driving, leave extra space between you and other drivers as when the road is wet your braking distance doubles and if it’s snowy or icy, it can take 10 times longer to stop. If driving through floods go slowly and steadily, using a low gear and don’t forget to check your brakes on the other side. When driving in fog, remember to turn on your fog lights and maintain a steady, constant speed and the fog may be patchy and your visibility reduced. Above all, be alert as other road users could behave unpredictably.
If you want to make sure your vehicle is ready for what winter has to throw at it, now is a good time to book your vehicle in for a winter health check, so you can be assured that your vehicle is ready for the road.