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Ways to be safe driving during the winter

By Nick Francis Published

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LIKE it or not, winter is fast approaching and that means driving conditions will be more demanding.

Motorists face hazards including slippery surfaces, an irritating glare from the low-lying sun and the risk of getting trapped on a freezing hard shoulder with a mechanical issue.

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”, goes the old adage.

So, with that in mind, I’ve highlighted five key items that will make motoring through the nippy months more bearable . . .

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In-car INTERNET can be a great help as it offers a dedicated 4G wifi network for a monthly fee, allowing all passengers to access high-speed internet on the go.

For example, EE’s Buzzard 2 (£22pm, shop.ee.co.uk), plugs into the 12-volt lighter socket and could come in handy when booking an emergency overnight hotel room, searching for the nearest garage or simply allowing the kids to stream movies when stuck in wintry traffic.

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STAYING connected to the outside world is also important –  especially if you  venture out in adverse weather conditions. Invest in a portable CHARGER, such as RAVPower external battery pack (£23.99, amazon.co.uk), as it can charge three smart devices at once and won’t put any additional strain on your vehicle’s battery.

 

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STASHING an EMERGENCY WINTER KIT in the boot is one of the first pieces of advice the RAC, the AA and The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) offer. A basic kit, such as the AA Emergency Winter Car Kit (£39.99, halfords. com), contains a foldable snow shovel, LED torch, jump cables, and  a high-visibility vest.

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A quality pair of sunglasses is a must-have item, what with the shiny road surfaces and bright autumnal sunshine doing its best to blind motorists.
Serengeti manufacture shades specifically with drivers in mind and their lenses feature Spectral Control and Photochromic technology, which adapts to light and provides more or less protection when needed. Prices start at around £119.99 (rxsport.co.uk).
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AUTOGLASS has revealed one in ten drivers admits trying to clear icy windscreens with boiling water, which it links to a huge increase in call-outs over the winter.

Don’t crack up when Jack Frost calls – instead, invest in a decent ICE SCRAPER, such as the Sakura Ice Scraper Mitt (£3.99, argos.co.uk) and a big bottle of DE-ICER which can be stored in the boot when not being used.

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