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AD. Winter is here and gosh do we know it! We’ve already had lots of ice and frost where we live, as well as a little fog too. My thoughts have turned to getting our car ready before the long journeys visiting family and friends post Christmas. Car safety is really important to me as I’m a bit of an anxious passenger! Today I’m going to share a few tips with you on ensuring that your car is safe this Winter and talk about my own passenger anxiety a little too, and how I deal with that safely.
Stay calm in the car
This is the time of the year when people are feeling the financial strains of life. Christmas is over and there are lots of worries on people’s minds. Staying calm in the car is just one of the ways that you can stay safe this Wintertime. I’m personally quite an anxious passenger, and I have been using cognitive behaviour therapy exercises to help me a lot in the last couple of years. I’ve found BetterHelp to be great in this respect as their website has lots of fantastic resources both for people seeking therapy and people seeking therapist jobs.
I like to take time to ground myself, to help me feel calm and safe in the car. Also, I like to keep the volume on the radio fairly low and listen to relaxing music, to help me enjoy the journey.
Remember if you encounter a road user who is driving or acting aggressively it is best not to engage them. Pull over safely to allow someone to pass, if need be, if they are tailgating or flashing you. Consider reporting to the police if the driving you witness is unsafe.
Make sure your fluid levels are good
I’m talking about oil, wiper fluid, even petrol. Make sure your car is stocked up and you won’t have any unexpected surprises! Car safety often begins with the most basic of checks. Those ones that we think won’t need doing yet. Don’t travel on the red light if you’re not sure when you’ll see another service on the motorway or where the next petrol station is.
Consider booking a service
If your service is almost due, or even overdue, then make sure you get it booked in. A service covers a number of vital checks on your car and could flag up potential problems. At our last MOT and service it flagged up that our car battery was running low, and we were able to rectify this before we broke down in the cold! Kwik-fit.com provide batteries for cars, vans and even caravans and motorhomes.
Check your tyres
I’m talking about tyre tread mostly, but also have a look at your tyres in general. Look out for bulges, stones or cuts in particular. We’ve had a few problems in recent years with the valves on our tyres and this has lead to punctures and unexpected breakdowns. Not great.
Check your lights
Ask a friend or neighbour to help you with this one (if you want to save time). Check that all of your lights are working, including your indicators. If you’re alone then use the reflections in a garage door or windows to help you check that your lights are working. Failing that you could even use your phone to do a quick video of the front or back of your car! Get creative and make sure your car is going to be safe. This is one of the most important pieces of car safety. It gets dark much earlier in the Winter and you want to ensure that other drivers can see you.
I’m talking about food and drink. Don’t get stung with the service station prices. £6 for a sandwich? No thanks! Take a nice cool bag and pack some drinks. Also, should you get stuck in traffic, or breakdown even, this could be really handy. Keep a first aid kit in your car and pack a blanket too. The roads can be treacherous over the Winter season and you can never be too safe or prepared.