2011年5月20日星期五

Driving in Snow

Driving in Snow

Before setting off ask: Is this journey really necessary?

Always, but especialy if the journey is long, you must prepare the car properly, this could easily take 30 minutes:

Before you leave the house:..

  • Fully charge your mobile phone
  • Plan your route. Listen for media road and weather announcements
  • Tell someone where you're going, and what time you expect to be back
  • Consider taking a shovel and some sacks incase the wheels get stuck
  • Take spare warm jumpers, jackets and hats
  • Don't forget a warm flask and some food

As for the car itself...

  • Are the windows and light casings completely clear of snow and ice? at the back as well?
  • Remove snow from the roof. It may slide down over your windscreen
  • Make sure the wipers and wiper jets are unfrozen and able to move
  • Top up the special window washer fluid, consider taking a spare bottle
  • Warm the engine before starting to move
  • Demist the windows BEFORE starting off
  • Make sure you have enough FUEL to complete your journey, with plenty of extra incase of likely delays
  • Heavily diluted washer fluid (or water) may instantly freeze if the car is cold. This may cause you to be temporarily blind
  • Air conditioning will keep the windows clear (on the inside)

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