The snow falls heavily and more or less paralyzes parts of the country. Then it is especially important to also make sure you are prepared for winter driving. Car lights, battery and tires are things you should think about a little extra before you get behind the wheel.
Even though there is a requirement to use winter tires when there are winter road conditions from December 1, it is precisely the quality of the tires that some people neglect, according to Milos Kosijer, technical expert at Riksförbundet M Sweden, formerly Motormännen.
– It can be a little different in terms of age and pattern depth. It is very important to have good tires on the car. It’s the only contact you have with the roadway, you shouldn’t skimp on that, he says.
“In good condition”
The tires are one of the three most important things to think about in order to be prepared for winter driving, according to Kosijer. Anyone who is going out on the roads should also ensure that they have a good car battery that can withstand the cold, and that the car is generally in good condition.
– The car must be in good condition, just as we are. If we are sick, we don’t go away. If it’s a car that’s in bad condition, where there are some faults and flaws, then you shouldn’t drive away, says Milos Kosijer.
In recent days, heavy snowfalls in various parts of the country have caused major traffic problems, power outages and other inconveniences.
The Swedish Transport Administration also warns that the treacherous black slip can surprise. It is usually not visible and it can strike at lightning speed when moisture on the road surface freezes to ice.
Bridges, shady forest areas and roads along open water are particularly vulnerable. And when clearing after rain or fog, and when the temperature is close to zero, the road conditions are extra treacherous. Then the road surface can freeze even if it is plus degrees in the air.
It is also good to have a special eye on the car lights.
– A lamp can break at any time. Then you should check a little extra that the lights are working, so that you can be seen.
It is also important to have a few extra things with you in the car, in case you get stuck in the cold. Among other things, warm clothes, a warm blanket and snow shovel should be included.
Electric drivers need to plan
According to Kosijer, people are generally better prepared for winter driving now than they have been historically, due to the development of car safety. But despite that, it’s still important to always prepare for winter, regardless of how cold or mild it looks to be.
– It is not possible to predict what kind of winter it will be, the meteorologists can’t do that either, so you should always be prepared.
In the car market, electric cars are taking increasingly large market shares, according to the new registration of passenger cars in October. For those who have their first winter with an electric car, it is important to plan the drive.
– It uses much more power than in summer, so the range is much shorter in winter and when it’s cold outside. It is important to check where the charging stations are, says Milos Kosijer.
Fact: This is how you winterize your car
Change to winter tires in good time.
Ice scraper and snow shovel should be in the car.
Bring a good flashlight and preferably extra batteries for it.
A fully charged phone should be in the car.
Have a reflective vest, preferably for everyone who rides in the car.
A warm blanket and warm clothes are good to have if you are standing during the journey.
Lubricate the rubber strips in the car to reduce the risk of them freezing.
Source: Riksförbundet M Sweden
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