I am not a huge fan of winter, but I love snow. Playing outside, building snowmen, sledging – there are endless opportunities. I’ll never forget the huge smile on our little girl’s face when she saw snow for the first time.
Driving in snow, however, is a completely different subject. If your car is not winter-safe, you can encounter so many problems. A few years ago, we had quite a scary experience driving to Germany over the Christmas period. When we left England there was no snow at all, but as soon as we got to France it started snowing quite heavily. We saw so many accidents and stranded cars along the way and by the time we made it to Holland, the driving conditions were so bad, that motorways were being shut. After several hours of driving along country roads (sometimes not even knowing whether we were even still on a road!) we arrived safely at our destination. Luckily our car was equipped with winter tyres – without these we would have never managed to get through all this snow.
There are plenty of winter safety tips you can find online, but here are my top tips:
My top winter driving tips
- winter tyres are an absolute must!
- a Sat Nav will come in handy (we had to find alternative routes when major roads were shut). The one we use is from TomTom and has always been incredibly reliable
- take plenty of food and drink (you never know what the delays will be like)
- pack some warm blankets (it can get chilly if you are stuck in static traffic and with the engine off)
- if you are travelling with children, make sure you have enough books, toys, games etc. with you to keep them entertained (journeys in the snow can often take a lot longer than anticipated)
I doubt we will see any snow in England this winter (although you’ll never know), but if you are off to a snowy destination this winter, you might find the following infographic designed by Pryers very helpful.
Are you planning any winter holidays this year?
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post
Saturday was finally the day – a day I had been looking forward to for so long. I have to admit I was also incredibly nervous and my legs were shaking like leaves when I walked towards the venue; it was the first time I had attended a blogger conference. There was no need to worry though, all the other bloggers were incredibly friendly and easy to talk to – in the fact, the whole atmosphere was so relaxed and it felt as if I was among friends and not people I had met for the first time.
The conference started with a superb panel discussion on motherhood and creativity. Bestselling author Margaret Atwood joined in via live video link – although the technology did not work 100%, I found her input invaluable. Throughout the day, there were further panel discussions and breakout sessions bloggers were able to attend. The evening finished with the inaugural Mumsnet Blogging Awards and a drinks reception.
During break times, we had the chance to chat to the Blogfest sponsors and to learn more about their exciting products and campaigns. I was especially intrigued by Village England (their range of handbags is gorgeous!) and Unilever’s #BRIGHTFUTURE campaign.
I learned so much during Blogfest (from tips to improving my photography skills to hearing more about interesting marketing strategies). I left the conference feeling truly inspired and motivated. A huge Thank you to Mumsnet, all the organisers and sponsors for this fantastic day. I’ll definitely be back next year.
Driving in winter means taking even more care on the road than usual. It is generally darker and the road surfaces can be in worse condition, usually because potholes develop from iced-over sections of the tarmac. In addition, the weather can make it harder to brake, putting more pressure on you car’s tyres every time you need to decelerate.
Firstly, it is important to have your tyres properly inflated during the winter months. Although it is good at other times of the year, too, in winter you are more likely to hit road debris and to drive over uneven road surfaces. This can mean your tyre pressure alters more quickly than at other times. Check your tyre pressure every second time you fill up with fuel and bear in mind the both under and over inflated tyres can be dangerous, especially if you are driving in wintry conditions.
Replacing worn out tyres is not just a safety issue – it is one that the law demands of all road users. Choose a reputable tyre dealer when it is time to replace them and avoid low-cost part worn tyres which tend to be a false economy. For new products from a huge range of manufacturers, buy car tyres from point-s.co.uk where you will get advice about the best ones for winter driving appropriate to your vehicle. Remember that exchanging your tyres before they become too worn to drive on is advisable, particularly in the winter months, because running them to the limit means stopping times increase and your wheels’ ability to grip the road becomes diminished.
Another good tip for winter safety is to consider opting for winter tyres. These sorts of tyre are specifically designed for use in snowy and icy conditions. Perfect for drivers who face regular flurries of snow, perhaps where their journeys take them onto higher ground, these tyres have little rubber spiky sections, or sipes, which afford traction even in snow and ice. In addition, their rubber compound means that they are better at gripping when the temperatures are lower, so you get better performance for turning and braking even in sub-zero conditions. Once fitted, they don’t need to be changed in summer and can keep being driven on without any hassle.
Lastly, driving techniques should be considered more carefully in winter. By allowing yourself more braking room between yourself and the vehicle in front, you will need to brake less. You can often adjust for changes in the traffic flow just by taking your foot off the accelerator pedal for a few seconds, given adequate room. As such, your tyres are put under less pressure and they will last longer, affording more grip when you might need it.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post.
We love milk and all three of us are big milk drinkers and pretty much always have been. We discovered Cravendale a few years back and have never gone back to other brands of milk. We especially love the pure taste and that it stays fresh for 7 days (not that a bottle ever lasts us that long, but brilliant to have this reassurance anyway).
On most days, we drink it pure and cold straight from the fridge or hot in the evenings before bed (well, mainly our little one). On rare occasions, mainly as a treat, we enjoy our Cravendale mixed with cocoa for hot chocolates, with marshmallows of course, yum! – especially on cold winter nights in the run-up to Christmas.
Our little one is a huge fan of YouTube videos featuring Play Doh wrapped surprise eggs. If we would let her, she would watch them all day long. What I do like about these videos is that they seem to trigger her creativity. She immediately wants to copy what she sees on YouTube with her own Play Doh. This is when we invented our Cravendale Penguin Milk Glass with its face made out of Play Doh.
Our little munchkin squealed with delight and it has become a regular habit to drink her Cravendale out of her ice-cool Penguin Glass.
This post is our entry for BritMums #MilkDrinkersMilk Linky Challenge, sponsored by Cravendale.