Some tips for winter care

Winter driving

Winter driving

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With winter fast approaching there are a number of things that can be done in order to prepare for the cold, wet and windy weather.

Being well prepared can mean a big reduction in the potential damage to farm buildings and homes and help lower the risk of accidents either on the farm or on the country roads round about.

Here are just a few tips to keep the farm in tip top condition over the winter months.

Buildings

Look at the possibility of installing security lighting.

Put heavy-duty padlocks on buildings.

Make use of the SmartWater scheme. For more information on the scheme in Angus contact Constable Alan Bell in Kirriemuir on 01575 576625.

Keep all vehicles and tools secure and out of sight.

There is no need to insulate loft tanks - the warm air from the room below will help to prevent the contents freezing.

Pipes should be protected with lagging that is at least 5 centimetres in diameter.

Make sure you keep your chimney’s well swept regularly and that any wood burning stoves are functioning properly.

Make sure that all roof tiles, slates and roofing sheets are secure.

Guttering should be kept clear of all debris.

Vehicles

Consider changing to winter weather tyres for some added safety on the country roads.

Regularly check the condition, tread and pressure of all tyres.

When driving leave twice as much space between yourself and the car in front than you would during the dry months.

Brake and accelerate smoothly - no sharp or harsh movements that will increase the risk of skidding.

If the vehicle does skid, take your feet off the pedals.

Keep supplies in the car incase the worst comes to the worst - water, a torch, a blanket and a chocolate bar or two.

Keep your mobile phone fully charged and keep an ear on the radio for updates on the weather conditions.