Winter weather checklist part one: Is your motorcycle ready?

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Published on 30 November 2015 by Gill

Winter can easily be the most challenging time for driving on our roads: it gets dark early and winter weather can bring all sorts of hazards – not just snow and ice, but hail, heavy rain, high winds, fog and even flooding.

Highways England and local authorities up and down the country have made their plans and have fleets on standby ready to keep roads open.  You too can take steps ahead of winter so you will be able to drive safe, avoid breaking down and help reduce the risk of disruption.

Is your vehicle ready for winter?

In winter weather it’s more important than ever to see and be seen, have tyres that grip the road and to start your car in the cold and damp.

Many garages offer a quick, pre-winter check-up for your vehicle.

See and be seen: check windscreen wipers and washers, window demisters, and all lights are working correctly.

Grip the road: check tyre condition and tread depth.

Starting in the cold and damp: check battery condition and anti-freeze.

Get your winter kit ready: ice scraper, de-icer, jump leads, shovel, blanket, sunglasses (for winter glare from the low sun), torch. Get all these things ready at the start of winter and then keep them in the vehicle – you never know when you might need them.

Reduce the risk of breaking down in nasty weather

Breaking down is never a pleasant experience – especially on the motorway. It’s even worse if you have to wait for recovery, outside your vehicle, in cold and wintry weather.

You’ll also want your vehicle to be in the best condition to handle difficult driving conditions in severe weather. So it’s a good idea to get it serviced before the winter to reduce the chance of problems.

Check back in the coming days and weeks for the remaining winter checklist chapters, which will offers tips and advice on driving in the most challenging winter weather conditions.

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