Christmas is a busy time of year and many of us travel to see friends and family over the festive period.
Winter weather can have a great impact on the handling of your car, stopping distances and your visibility. In the latest post from B.J. Banning Limited, we discuss driving home for Christmas and safety measures you can take to ensure a safe journey.

Bad weather can cause major traffic delays, so before you set off, make sure you have checked a few things. Always ensure you have sufficient fuel, coolant and oil levels. It’s also wise to keep a bottle of fresh water in your car, in case you get stuck for a long time. Thirst can be a major distraction and can cause headaches and fatigue which can be dangerous whilst driving.

Your brakes should be in good working order all through the year, but the adverse weather conditions of winter make it all the more imperative to ensure that your brakes are in good order. If you know your brakes are worn or you have been advised that they will need replacing in the future, getting them replaced before deep winter sets will give you peace of mind that they are in optimal condition.

Your wipers may need to be used frequently throughout winter and smears on the screen can significantly impair your visibility. Before you set off, take a moment to clean your window screen with appropriate screen wash. If your wipers don’t clear the screen sufficiently, without smears, consider having them replaced.


When driving in wet weather, you’ll need to leave more of a gap between you and the vehicle in front to ensure you can stop in time.

Remember, glare from lights can make it difficult to see, especially at night. When pulling out at a junction or at a roundabout, take a second to ensure that no other vehicles are behind the one you can see- small cars can be easily disguised, especially in poor weather conditions – this small check can be the difference between a smooth journey and a collision.

B.J. Banning Limited

Here at B.J. Banning Limited, we have been providing multiple services to ensure your car remains safe on the road. From tyres to brakes, car servicing and MOT’s, if you think that you may have a problem with your vehicle, call our dedicated team today on 0121 327 2741 or send your enquiry through our contact form.

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