Drivers were warned to be aware of flat battery wednesday this week with the return to work for the first working day of the new year after many vehicles have been left standing over the holidays.
The car driver veered onto the wrong side of the road, almost colliding head on with a police car he could not see – his windscreen was frozen over! His vehicle was seized.
Police who stopped the vehicle added: “Driving like this is unacceptable.” Ofcourse it is!
The driver has been ordered to appear in court over the incident after officers reported him for diving without due care and attention.
Poor visibility is something drivers face in the cold snap. Do not move off until you can see out of windows and mirrors are frost-free.
- Use a window protector – frostshield – to keep the front screen frost-free.
- Cover your vehicle at night if possible.
- If your vehicle is frozen, do not try forcing open locks. Run tepid/warm water over screens, windows, door frames and locks before you try and enter the vehicle.
- Turn on the ignition, ensuring you are in neutral with the brake on! Now turn on the heaters to clear screens and warm vehicle. Do not use wipers until the screen is totally frost free and clear. Frozen wipers and a frozen screen can be damaged.
- Do not attempt to drive your vehicle until you have full visibility.
- Check that wipers are functioning OK and lights are fully functional.
- Ensure tyres are fully inflated and in good order.
- If driving in extremely cold conditions carry a functional torch, blanket, additional warm clothing, a warm drink and something to eat. You may need to stop your vehicle. A warm drink and food may come in handy.
- Carry a fully charged phone.
- If on a long journey, ensure you tell those you are planning to see the estimated time of arrival.
- Stop safely at regular intervals to stretch your legs and stay focused.