As we come to the end of 2017 we want to share some Personal, Home, Child and Winter Driving safety to help protect yourself and your family over the festive season.
We sincerely hope that you have an enjoyable and safe Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year. We’re looking forward to being ‘at your service’ for all your 2018 Insurance needs.
They are your only contact with the road and should be at least the minimum legal thread depth of 1.6mm – replace before they get to this. Ensure they are at correct tyre pressure to give the best chance in extreme conditions.
During winter months, motorists are advised to use dipped headlights during the day. Headlights & tail-lights should be in working order.
Your car may have safety assist technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). These technologies can assist your driving in harsh weather conditions.
It takes longer to stop a car in winter weather so slow down, – allow extra distance between you and the car in front.
Often motorists do not de-fog/de-ice windows/mirrors which can impare visibility. Ensure windows and mirrors are clear and carry a de- icer and screen scraper.
Black Ice – it is one of winter’s biggest hazards as it is difficult to see. Watch out for sheltered/shaded areas on roads, under trees and near high walls.
During these winter months it is advisable to carry essentials such as:-
❖ High visibility vest
❖ Spare fuel
❖ Appropriate footwear in case you need to leave your vehicle e.g. boots
❖ A hazard warning triangle
❖ Spare wheel (Spare wheel should be in good condition and fully inflated. You may
be an inflation repair kit instead of a spare wheel. Make sure you can use it) ❖A shovel
❖ Tow rope
❖ De-icing equipment (for glass and door locks)
❖ Spare bulbs
❖ First Aid kit
❖ A fire extinguisher & working torch
❖ A car blanket, additional clothing & some food and water
Drivers need to ensure their vehicle is well inoff the road so as not to obstruct other vehicles. Always put your hazard warning lights on. If the vehicle breaks down on the motorway pull in as far as you can, alerting traffic behind you with hazard lights. You should leave their vehicle, get behind the barrier (on the embankment) and call the Gardaí, on your mobile phone or roadside telephone.
Listen to local weather and traffic reports. Pay heed to the weather warnings alerting drivers of unsafe and dangerous driving conditions.
‘Severe Weather Advice for Road Users’ for more advice on what to do when severe weather strikes!