Although Britain’s brief cold spell may have ended, with milder and warmer weather due over the Christmas period, those withshould not underestimate the problems of winter weather affecting vehicles. For many, simply not venturing out in snowy and icy conditions is not possible. In addition, for those who have to make trips or work in bad weather, there are several ways to keep vans running smoothly.
Unfreezing windows should be a priority, as being unable to see whilst driving is dangerous and results in accidents and van insurance claims. When parked up, cardboard can be placed over the windscreen to avoid ice taking hold. Meanwhile, de-icer will help rid remnants of ice before driving. De-icer is also ideal for gaining access to vehicles, as locks can often freeze over during the winter. Alternative ways include heating car keys with a lighter to thaw ice when unlocking, or to use magnetic strips on locks overnight to stop weather from penetrating.
Individuals are also urged to leave plenty of time before needing to travel so that they can allow their vehicles to warm up. Those with van insurance and trying to get their vehicles straight onto the road may find that their engines stall, causing additional dangers in wintery conditions. Turning the engine on before reading the paper or having a cup of tea is often a good idea.
With months of winter still ahead, now is the ideal time to ensure that vehicles are ready for any possible freeze. By taking the adequate steps and precautions, drivers can ensure that their vans continue to run in an efficient and safe manner.