12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.11

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On the eleventh day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Day 11

In icy conditions, drive with care, using gentle manoeuvres.

Don’t accelerate or brake sharply. Use the highest gear you can as this aids grip and helps avoid wheel spin. To drop your speed, slow down gently using the gears, don’t brake suddenly.

If your vehicle gets stuck on ice, put an old rug or sheet of cardboard under the wheels to help them grip. Once you get a grip, don’t stop moving until you are clear of the icy patch.

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.7

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Day 7On the seventh day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Be safe, see and be seen…….

Iced-up windows on your vehicle. Don’t just rely on a ‘letter box’ to see through, by law you must fully clear your windscreen of all snow and ice before starting to drive. All lights must also be clear and don’t be tempted to leave a pile of snow on the roof of your vehicle, think about the people behind you!

If time is pressing in the morning, why not buy a cover or use an old sheet to cover the windscreen and windows around the car? Helps the environment too as you don’t need any chemicals to de-ice the car!

(Next Tip – Friday 13th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.6

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Day 6On the sixth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Check your tyres…….

The tyres ability to grip the road surface are greatly diminished in cold weather, it is advisable to replace worn tyres before they reach the legal minimum of 1.6 mm (passenger vehicles)

Because it’s the only part of the vehicle that grips the road, the depth of tread on your tyres is a very important for the safety of your vehicle. It also signals the health of the tyre.

Driving with low tread depth increases the potential for tyre failure and aquaplaning. Low tread depth in winter weather conditions can severely reduce grip and control. Motorists driving with tyres under the legal limit also risk a fine.

Winter tyres greatly increase the vehicles ability to grip the road surface when temperatures fall below 7°. Winter tyres are produced from a different mixture of materials than standard/summer tyres. Winter tyres have more natural rubber in them, and this is less affected by cold temperatures. It doesn’t harden, and has better flexibility and grip in cold temperatures. The pattern (or ‘tread’) on winter tyres has more grooves than standard tyres. This means more snow sticks to the tyre, which actually helps improve grip in snow as snow sticks easily to snow. This helps the tyre attain better grip. Winter tyres also have a higher number of ‘sipes’ (little channels or slots) creating many biting edges that lock into icy and snowy roads, thus helping your vehicle brake and accelerate.

There are usually loads of garages around this time of year offering free winter health checks, be safe, get your tyres checked before winter really bites!

(Next Tip – Wednesday 11th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.5

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5th DayOn the fifth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

The out of control pedestrian…..

The icy conditions can make it difficult for pedestrians to stay upright; they may even be tempted to walk on the road if it has been cleared.

As drivers we have to anticipate their actions and be prepared to respond to unexpected occurrences.

When on the road, think ahead, if someone looks like they may do something
reckless, they probably will!

(Next Tip – Friday 6th December!!)