It is a period when many trips are made, either within town or on highways so it is always wise to be prudent and take extra precautions such as driving with dipped lights during the day, ensuring that you have wheel chains in areas where it may snow or examining your child restraining system so that the little ones are always safe.
During autumn and winter, the traffic department (DTG) advises drivers whose vehicles are equipped with daytime lights (those that switch on automatically) to drive with dipped headlights. The idea of using lights during the day is not to illuminate the road but to make you more visible to others. A car with headlight on is visible from 240 meters away regardless of color, without the headlights being on this is reduced to 100 meters and for a grey car it’s only 30 meters for a black car. This is why, although not an obligation it is highly recommended to drive with dipped headlights on. This simple action could prevent around 10% of road deaths.
As well as checking lights it is worth checking a few other important things, tires, the antifreeze, windscreen wiper detergent, and if you are going to the snow, the chains. At this point we advise having a practice at fitting the chains at home or at a garage before setting out.
Autumn is good time to check you child restraint system . Always consider the size of it because as children grow they may need a new system appropriate to their weight and height. Ensure that you are using the appropriate system for each child and that the seat is properly fixed into the vehicle and seatbelts are properly adjusted.
Now, more than ever, it is important that you take greater safety precautions. Remember that during any mishap that the middle of the back seat is the safest place for the child, as far away as possible for any impact zone, frontal or lateral.