Leave noth­ing to chance on roads in win­ter

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

HERE are some tips to pre­pare driv­ers and rid­ers on this late leaf fall­ing sea­son from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards Richard Glad­man

Check your mo­tor bat­tery. In win­ter we of­ten place a strain on the bat­tery with lights, heated screens, seats and the air con­di­tioner to demist and keep us warm and if there is any sign of your car bat­tery strug­gling now, it is likely it will let you down as it gets colder.

That low win­ter sun can be an is­sue. Keep a pair of sun­glasses in the car and also make use of the sun vi­sor too. If you are daz­zled slow down im­me­di­ately. Now is the time to check your an­tifreeze lev­els. The good thing about an­tifreeze is that it con­tains ad­di­tives that pre­vent cor­ro­sion and im­prove sum­mer cool­ing too.

Top up the wind­screen washer with de-ic­ing ad­di­tive.

Check your wind­shield wipers. If they be­gin to blur the front/rear win­dow, it’s time to re­place them with new ones.

Have a look at your car head­lights. It is dan­ger­ous for you and for the other road users if your lights do not work prop­erly.

Leaves or pine nee­dles on the road can turn into a mushy film which ob­scures pot­holes, road mark­ings and in­creases stop­ping dis­tance. An­tic­i­pate prob­lems when you ap­proach woods and trees and slow down un­til the road is clear.

Richard said: “As the tem­per­a­ture drops your car is a nice cosy place to be when it is work­ing prop­erly and sound prepa­ra­tion will help your jour­ney go smoothly.

“Frosty morn­ings and fall­ing leaves might be pic­turesque but they can cause all sorts of prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly for two-wheeled road users. Give mo­tor­cy­clists and cy­clists more room and an­tic­i­pate their ac­tions.

“Driv­ers also need to stay alert for blocked drains and lo­calised flood­ing at this time of year.

“Your aim should al­ways be to have a clear view of the chang­ing sea­sons around you and for other road users to be able to see you.”

The fi­nal fall of au­tumn leaves can create a haz­ard on the roads

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