Top 5 tips for Winter Driving

The last week has been stressful on the roads in Ireland. Here at Kylemore Cars, we are always on hand to give our customers advice on how to get the most out of their new used car, and that includes the best practices for driving on icy roads. Lets get to it!
1.       Switch to winter tyres

Winter tyres are excellent at gripping wet, snowy, or icy roads. If winter tyres are outside your budget, then consider purchasing all weather tyres for peace of mind all year around.
2.       Use your gears to slow down

Driving in fifth gear and knowing or not knowing you're approaching icy roads, sudden breaking will cause you to slide and potentially have an accident. To slow down gradually, begin to cycle through the gears from highest to lowest remembering to rev-match as you downshift. Using this along with light gentle breaking will slow the car down without locking up the wheels.
3.       Have de-Icing spray in the car

Not only handy to have for the mornings, but the evenings too when you finish work and want to get into the car. Always make sure your windscreen is completely cleared of ice before taking off.
4.       Windscreen wiper fluid

Make sure your windscreen wiper fluid contains de-icer. This time of year the roads are covered in grit which means a really dirty windscreen. In cold conditions, the last thing you want is a dirty windscreen with frozen wiper fluid.
5.       Let your engine warm up before driving

When temperatures drop during winter, it's a good idea to let the car run for about 3-5 minutes before setting off. Some drivers prefer to let the engine idle for 20 minutes or longer to get everything—including the cabin—warm.
Heed all warnings this winter and if necessary, stay off the roads in icy conditions. The last thing you want is to damage your new used car from Kylemore Cars! Check out all of our tips and advice on our website here.