Brace yourself drivers, as the next coming months in the UK are going to be harsh, weather wise that is. We have been told to expect temperatures well into the minus, plus snow and icy winds. Now the best advice we can offer is: if you don't need to go out in your car then don't, but of course reality just doesn't work that way. Here are some safety tips that can prepare you for the trip ahead:Check weather conditions before your journey.Let the car warm up before setting off and allow an extra 10 minutes to do so.Do not poor boiling hot water on any part of your vehicle; de-icer spray is the best solution, but do not spray on locks as this may re-freeze them.Clear all windows so that you have a clear vision of the road from all angles.Plan your route, thinking about the types of roads you have to travel on; will they be icy or gritted?In case of a breakdown or accident make sure you have warm clothes with you and a mobile phone.Driving in the winter conditions can put a strain on your car so it's a good idea to give it a full check over each week. Make sure the tyres are in a safe condition, check the oil and water in the engine and make sure all of your lights are working.Safe driving everyone and if you are thinking of ditching this cold weather and heading for the sun, we have some great USA car hire prices just waiting to be booked!