Car insurance: Guide to winter motoring

Monday, 09 November 2009

As winter approaches and the dark nights draw in, car insurance customers need to take extra care on the roads.

Leading car buyers guide, What Car?, has put together the following top tips to help motorists stay safe when driving in wintery conditions.

A torch, first aid kit, fully charged mobile phone, can of spare fuel and fire extinguisher are always handy to keep in the car, but make even more sense through the winter.

Windscreen scraper and de-icer are essential, and keep a warm coat and a blanket in your boot, plus a store of high-energy food and drinks, in case you get stranded.

An old piece of carpet can work just as well as a purpose-made anti-skid mat in helping your car out of drifts, while jump leads will be a blessing if you are left without power.

Finally, if you really cannot avoid setting off in treacherous conditions, make extra preparations. Pack a vacuum flask with a hot drink, a shovel (preferably rubber) to clear snow and a towrope.

Department for Transport figures show deaths last October stood at 269. In November the figure jumped to 300 and then 323 in December.

Posted by Claire Carter

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