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Driving safely in icy conditions

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The cold winter months bring along the much loved festive season, but also hazardous driving conditions. Dark nights, slippery roads and extreme weather increase the risk of having an accident or damaging your car. Whether you’re rushing around finishing off your Christmas shopping or driving to a friend’s house for a New Year’s Party, follow these tips we’ve put together to ensure you stay safe while driving in difficult conditions.

Before you begin your journey

  • Keep an eye on local weather updates and check traffic reports in your area.
  • Main roads are more likely to have been gritted, try and use these if possible.
  • Avoid secondary roads or high ground where possible as roads here tend to be more icy.
  • Let somebody know about your journey and estimated arrival time.
  • Make sure your mobile is...

Preparing your home for cold weather

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Preparing your home for cold weather

Beware of a sudden cold snap. When water freezes in a pipe it expands and it doesn’t take long to build up enough pressure to rupture it. Burst pipes cause misery to homeowners - not only is there the ch-ch-chill factor, there’s also the nightmare clean up operation and costly repairs.

Facts

  • Make sure you know where your stopcock is.
  • A leaking pipe can spill 2.200 gallons per day if left unchecked. Be safe!
Here is everything you need to know about preparing your pipes for plunging temperatures and what to do in the event you're, alas, too late.

Preparing for a sudden freeze

Before the barometer dips below zero be sure to do a reccy:
  • Make sure pipes are lagged. All visible pipes, particularly exposed pipes in crawl spaces in the attic,...