Probably the most hazardous time of year for motorists, winter usually presents numerous problems for anyone wanting to get to work, do the school run or the weekly shop.

You can never be too sure of what could happen when you’re on the road, so we’ve decided to list some of the dangers you could face and how you should prepare for them.

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Driving on Icy roads

Possibly the biggest threat to on-road safety at this time of year, black ice or compacted snow can cause skidding, slips or even collisions with other drivers if not driving carefully. Make sure your tyres have enough grip to cope and that you drive more slowly than usual.

Poor visibility

In heavy snow drifts, fog or mist, it can be hard to see where you’re going. This means you should only go out when absolutely necessary and when driving, have your headlights on at all times.

Adverse weather conditions

Snow and ice can not only harm visibility, but it can also make driving in general difficult. Again, you should only drive when you need to as The AA suggest.

When going out on the road, you’ll need plenty of things with you in case of an emergency. They include:

  • A change of clothes
  • Your mobile phone and a charger
  • A blanket
  • A flask containing a hot drink
  • A torch
  • A spare set of tyres for winter weather
  • De-icer and a scraper for your car windows
  • Spare transmission fluid
  • The number of a rescue service in case you’re involved in an accident
  • Gloves

Once you have all that, you’ll be prepared for the worst, but in case of an accident, contacting car expert specialists such as could be useful. Their guide on how to prepare for winter driving should put you in a good position to know what you can do when the worst happens.