The first few weeks of 2024 have brought a slew of storms, winds, rain and overall unwelcome weather conditions. This has had an effect on many people’s ability to get out and about safely on the roads. For those who feel worried about driving themselves this Winter, or prefer to let someone else take the strain, booking a minicab service can be the perfect solution. It allows an experienced driver to take the wheel and get you to your destination while you sit back in comfort and avoid the hassle of tacking difficult roads and unfamiliar directions all at the same time.
Driving – or being driven – in difficult Winter weather requires higher levels of safety and preparation. There are several things that you can do as a passage of a minicab service. In addition, you should be checking that your minicab service driver is also taking the required precautions. Here are some key areas to look out for when it comes to safe Winter driving.
Any journey taken during difficult weather conditions needs careful preparation. For example, it is wise to dress warmly and to bring suitable waterproof outerwear or an umbrella in case of rain. Carry some water (or even a flask with a hot drink inside), as well as some easy to eat snacks. This in case of any delays in your minicab service due to bad traffic conditions, poor visibility, icy roads or other seasonal difficulties. Keep your mobile phone well charged too. This is so that you can call ahead if you are delayed for a business meeting or need to rearrange something at home.
Book in advance
Having access to a reliable minicab service with an experienced driver is essential if you need to make a Winter journey. The best way to ensure that you get to where you need to be is to book your minicab service well in advance. This can mean that you get a better choice of vehicle type and size. It can also allow you negotiate the price in advance, for example if you need to book an airport transfer or school run. Always let your minicab service know how many passengers will be travelling and how much luggage you will have with you. This will allow them to select the most appropriate vehicle.
Look out for properly maintained vehicles
When your minicab service arrives, take a few moments to make sure that it is safe and prepared for a Winter journey. The windscreen should be totally clear from snow and ice and clean from dirt for maximum visibility, Number plates should also be fully in view. All headlights, indicator lights etc. must be fully operational and clear from anything that might obscure the beam. Check that tyres are in good condition and that the vehicle itself looks clean and well maintained. This will indicate that the minicab service has taken time and effort to keep its vehicles safe and operational to protect passengers like you.
As with any journeys undertaken in Winter, when there may be lower light and more treacherous conditions under foot, pay attention to your personal safety while you are moving from one place to another. A fully charged phone will allow you to call for assistance if you get lost, delayed or experience other difficulties. Carry a torch with you so that you can see where you are walking. Wear shoes that have sturdy, sensible soles that can grip better in icy conditions. Always let someone know where you are going and an estimated time of arrival. Download a sat nav app on your phone or carry a map so that you can always find your way around.
This is excellent advice for both you and the driver of your minicab service. The more time you leave yourself for travelling during winter weather conditions, the safer you will feel. It can be very dangerous to rush in bad weather, or in poor light. Leave as much time as possible for your minicab service to pick you up and then take you where you need to go. Factor in extra time for any delays, queue or road diversions brought about by fallen trees, flood etc. Never run on icy or wet pavements, as you could slip over and injure yourself.