The chances of having a car accident increases significantly throughout the winter months. This is due to a variety of reasons from driving in icy conditions to traveling during times of poor visibility such as darkness and/or during a snowfall. Failure to minimize risk during this time can result in time off the road, injury or even death. However, drivers can mitigate potential road accidents by short term leasing an appropriate car during the winter months.
The Right Car for the Job
It is important that the car itself is suitable for winter conditions. Many high-end cars perform fantastically during the summer months, but can prove almost useless when conditions take a turn for the worst. Rear wheel drive cars are a prime example of this.
Some short term car leasing companies can offer leases for a minimum of 28 days which means, if you do have a car which performs particularly poorly during the winter months, a more reliable vehicle can be leased for a short period of time and then returned once conditions start to improve. Leasing companies should also be able to give you guidance regarding the best vehicles available to fulfill your requirements.
Specs & Tech
Another benefit of short term car leasing is that it is the company’s responsibility that the vehicle is fit for purpose when it is let out. For instance, a lot of new vehicles have tyres equipped which favour conditions above +5°C. The leasing company will ensure their cars have a set of winter tyres with the appropriate thread to provide additional traction. This is essential for reducing risk in wet and icy conditions.
Also winter is synonymous with shorter days. The leasing company will ensure their cars’ lights are all working. You also have the option to lease a high spec car which has the latest technology to maximize your safety. This may include automated lighting detection, which will either prompt you to switch on their lights or will automatically turn them on, and xenon-lights which provide greater visibility.
Now It’s Your Turn
Short term car leasing can take away a lot of the responsibilities for vehicle preparation that is required for winter, but there are further precautions that you can take once you have received your vehicle to help reduce risk further.
Fill Your Boot
It is very easy to jump into a new vehicle and start driving without considering what equipment is necessary for inside the car so you are prepared for every eventuality. During winter there will be inevitable delays. Make sure that you are ready for a situation where you could be stranded for a number of hours. For instance, always have at least half a tank of fuel in your car and pack the following emergency items in the boot which will allow you to keep safe and warm:
- A warm jacket
- High visibility warning triangle (your lease car may already have this)
- First aid kits (your lease car may already have this)
- Space saver / tyre inflation kit
- Towing rope
More Haste, Less Speed
During the winter months always allow for extra time for your journeys and drive at a suitable speed for the road conditions that can be observed. This should stop you falling behind schedule due to any unforeseen delays and being tempted to speed to make up lost time.
Also, take adequate precautions to reduce the risk of an accident whilst driving in traffic. For example, drive at least 10 seconds behind the vehicle in front to allow enough stoppage time in slippery conditions. You may find that some lease cars will have sensors that detect weather conditions and will alert you if they are riding too closer to the vehicle in front.
This post was supported by Flexed Short Term Car Leases