Practical Car & Van Rental offers a safe alternative in winter weather

With temperatures dropping across the UK this week and blizzard like conditions in some areas, our streets and roads are becoming unsafe and treacherous over the weekend. If you are worried about driving in such conditions, consider the alternative option of hiring a car or van, to give you that extra peace of mind in the inclement weather.

“Driving conditions are more demanding during snowy and icy conditions, where the risk of fog, ice and snow drifts worry even the most experienced of drivers”, explained Graham Lond, Managing Director, Practical Car & Van Rental Ltd. “You need to have absolute confidence in the vehicle you are driving.

“We are encouraging drivers to consider renting a car or van from Practical Car & Van Rental as an alternative option. With over 150 locations across the UK, Practical offers drivers the reassurance that their vehicle is going to be safety checked and regularly maintained. Some vehicles may even come with snow tyres during the particularly bad periods. All of our vehicles are covered by emergency breakdown assistance”

All cars and vans are prepared before renting, with the windscreens defrosted, interiors heated wherever possible as we understand that you need to be comfortable in your driving surroundings – you can even hire a Sat Nav from Practical to help you find the best route to your destination.

“Practical’s aim is to ensure that we offer a consistently high level of customer service to motorists and ensuring that the vehicle you drive is safe, well maintained and adequate for your journey is part of this commitment. We have over 150 locations across the UK and I can assure you that we have good availability across all sites for the foreseeable future”

Practical has also compiled a handy check list of tips for motorists to keep safe when out on the roads.

Practical’s Winter Driving Advice

  • Allow plenty of time for journeys in case you have to take a longer route
  • Slow down – an obvious by often ignored suggestion. Icy conditions mean you have diminished control of your vehicle and you will need increased braking distances. Speed limits are set for optimum conditions, not fog or ice
  • Control skids by releasing the accelerator and not touching the brakes. Instead turn into the skid and don’t accelerate until you feel some control return.
  • Beware shady roads. They may be hiding icy conditions, as can bridges and overpasses.
  • Leave a bigger gap between yourself and the vehicle in front. In some icy conditions you may need up to ten times the normal braking distance.
  • Remember your sunglasses to avoid the glare from low winter sun.
  • Ensure your vehicle is well-ventilated as a car heater turned to full can make the driver drowsy.

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