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How to drive safely in winter 

There are many winter lovers who like visiting cities during cold periods or participating in snow sports. One must admit that it is not the same visiting, for instance, Sierra Nevada covered by snow, adding an extra attraction to these magical mountains, than without it. But if you go driving, this can be harrowing, especially where blizzard and icy conditions crop up seemingly out of nowhere. If, after all, you decide to drive, there are some recommendations to take into account:

1. Check the weather before you go

If the weather is freezing, warm up the car before you drive it. If the forecast looks unpredictable, wait out the storm if possible. But if you must travel, make sure you share your travel plans and route with someone before you leave.

If you become stranded in an unfamiliar area, do not leave your car. Place reflective triangles in front and behind the car and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked by snow, mud or any other object.

2. Prepare your car for winter

Besides checking the weather, it’s important to have a mechanic check the condition of the following vehicle systems before heading out on the road: ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts, spark plugs, air, fuel and emissions filters, distributor, battery, tyre wear and air pressure and check the antifreeze level.

3. Know what to do to avoid a crash

Sometimes water or ice on the road can surprise drivers, even with little to no precipitation. So, if you don´t want to be surprised and end up in a crash, here are some tips:

* Never mix radial tyres with other types of tyres

* If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather

* Do not use cruise control in wintery conditions

* Accelerate and decelerate slowly

* Increase your distance to the car ahead

* If possible, don’t stop when going uphill

* Keep your gas tank at least half-full

4. Don’t leave home without these

In an emergency situation, there are a few things that you should have with you at all times, such as a properly inflated spare tyre, wheel wrench and tripod jack, shovel, jump leads, tyre chains, tool kit, flashlight and extra batteries, reflective triangles, first aid kit, ice scraper, nonperishable high-energy foods, blankets and gloves.

Also do not forget to have your Roadside Assistance number at hand. Liberty Seguros Roadside Assistance is at your disposal 24/7 through a Free Phone Number, 900101369, where you will be assisted by an English speaking operator.

Winter road trips – even short ones – are a great way to celebrate with family and friends. As well as providing you with insurance to cover you for any unexpected accident or loss, Liberty Seguros would encourage you to be fully prepared when driving in adverse conditions. Being prepared can ensure a safe and happy time is had by all.

To find out more or to receive a no obligation quote, visit www.libertyexpatriate-s.es or to find out the location of your nearest broker, simply call 91 342 25 49.