Hello guys and welcome to blogmas day 18.
I hope this post helps you to think about your safety on a day to day basis, especially during winter. If you are involved In an accident there are places like https://www.slatergordon.co.uk/personal-injury/contact-us/birmingham/ that can offer you help and advice.
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It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t seen a blog post regarding how to keep safe as part of Blogmas this year. I feel like this is such an important subject to raise, you often get caught up in all of the excitement that you forget about it. Looking at how safe you are in day to day life is very important. Whether this be checking your car, wearing the right shoes to fit the weather and making you are walking through well lit areas. We are coming up to Christmas and so it is important to keep yourself safe!
How to stay safe regarding your car-
I am a new driver. I have been driving for about 3 months now and when you first start driving you forget about checking your car and knowing how to tell if your car is in the correct conditions, due to all of the excitement and freedom. I am lucky because I have a few people around me that know about cars. If this isn’t the case for you then do some research.
Have you done your tyre checks?
Check the tyres when they are cold and you want to make sure that they are still in tact and there is no sign of deflation or a cuts and bulges.
Have you checked your tread depth?
In winter your tread depth should above the legal minimum of 1.6mm.
Have you checked your tyre pressure before any long journeys?
Should be checked if you are travelling for a while, rather be safe then sorry.
Have you checked your tyres specifically for cuts, cracks, and removed any embedded objects if there are any?
Any damage to the tyres is sometimes hard to miss so you might have noticed by now, but you need to check no matter what. Check if there is any embedded objects such as nails in your tyres.
Have you checked your windscreen wipers work?
Especially for those winter mornings when your windscreen is full of snow. You need to make sure your whole windscreen is clear before setting off. Also, you could be in serious danger if they don’t work and it starts to snow or rain (which is likely in the current weather conditions)
Have you checked that all of your lights work?
It gets darker so early in the UK, but wherever you are in the world check your lights because when visibility is reduced you will need your lights on.
Do you have a spare charger in your car?
Keeping a charger in your car in care of emergencies. If you are in a situation where you need your phone to call for an emergency then the worst thing that can happen is that you don’t have any charge on your phone. Especially if you have an iPhone because their battery lives are terrible, or have a portable charger with you at all time.
Have you checked your car’s engine?
Do you have oil? Do you have break fluid? Do you have engine coolant? and do you have windscreen wash? All very important because they all need to be topped up in order for the car to work properly, they all work together to help your car out.
How to make yourself visible
I am definitely one of those people who will go out when it darks and wear something dark, like a hoodie or leggings. I only add to the darkness and if I need to be seen, I won’t be seen which is really bad. I recently brought a massive pink puffer coat which keeps me so warm and also I can be seen alot more.
Are you wearing reflective clothing?
During the dark and cold mornings and the dark evenings, you will need to be seen especially if you are walking across the roads. If you are walking to you car in the morning and are in the road, people might not be able to see you,
Are you wearing the correct footwear?
Especially during these colder months when ice is everywhere and it is so easy to slip over. If you are anything like me, that these sorts of things happen to then I would advice on wearing shoes with good grip on them.
Can you be seen?
Try to be seen where ever you go. If you are walking at night then walk through somewhere that is lit or if you can’t then use a torch or a phone light. It is also important to see where you are going,
Lastly, Have you planned ahead?
Make sure wherever you are going that you are prepared, if you are in the car do you have a spare tire? if you are walking do you have a coat to wear? if you have a long journey does your car need oil? listen to the weather forecast. If the weather is bad then decide whether you need to leave the house or can it wait for another day. If there is a lot of snow then are you being risky by driving to uni or work.
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