READY FOR WINTER DRIVING
As winter heads our way we know you will be prioritising safety and efficiency on the roads. Proper preparation can make all the difference in ensuring your winter journeys are smooth and secure. While the colder weather is a yearly occurrence, it’s always beneficial to refresh our memory with some quick tips as the temperatures drop:
|1. Route planning: Before you hit the road, plan your route carefully. Opt for well-traveled highways and roads that are frequently maintained. Avoid shortcuts through unfamiliar or isolated areas, which might not be promptly cleared of snow and ice.|
|2. Fuel up and stay fueled: One of the worst situations in winter is getting stranded due to an empty tank. Regularly fill up your vehicle, ensuring your fuel card is ready for use. Keeping your tank at least half full reduces the risk of fuel line freezing and gives you a buffer in case of unexpected delays. As an Esso Card™ customer you can plan your route and find service stations on E-route.|
|3. Low winter sun: If you’re lucky enough to drive in warmer climes you might avoid snow and ice, but the winter sun is a challenge we all face. Both picturesque and blinding, it can make driving a challenge but by keeping your windscreen clear and always having a pair of polarized sunglasses to hand you can combat its glare.|
|4. Winter tires: If driving in particularly cold areas invest in high-quality winter tires designed to provide better traction on snow and ice. Ensure tyres are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth to handle slippery conditions.|
|5. Carry winter essentials: Pack a winter emergency kit containing items like a shovel, ice scraper, blankets, warm clothing, non-perishable food, and water. A first aid kit and a portable phone charger are also invaluable.|
|6. Vehicle maintenance: Regular maintenance is crucial, especially in winter. Check your battery, brakes, lights, and heating system. Keep your windshield washer reservoir filled with a winter-grade solution, and replace worn-out wiper blades.|
|7. Stay informed: Stay updated with weather forecasts and road conditions. Numerous apps and websites provide real-time information about traffic, accidents, and weather patterns, helping you make informed decisions about your route.|
By adding a few simple steps to your winter driving routine, you can stay safe, save time, and ensure a seamless journey. With your Esso Card™ in hand and these tips in mind, you’re well-equipped to navigate the winter roads effectively. Safe travels!
This article was published on October 27, 2023.