Winter Safety Checks for Private Hire Drivers 

Winter Safety Checks for Private Hire Drivers 

This is an updated article from December 2022.

In the UK, Winter so far has been a mild affair. We’ve had wind, rain and storms in the South with some heavier snow in the North – but so far no long-lasting winter cold snap. 

This means it’s the perfect time to prepare for adverse weather before it hits. Read on to avoid getting caught out in the cold this Winter. 

Book a Winter Service

If you haven’t already, book your vehicle in for a winter service. De-icer, oil and water levels will be checked alongside tyre pressures and tread. When finished, you can be reassured that your car is prepared for winter driving. Services will also help you prevent potential breakdowns and costly future repairs.

A good service history will help when you come to sell, showing you’ve looked after your vehicle!

Chargers & Powerbanks

Next, be sure to give your phone a full charge before heading out. You’ll need to be able to call for help if you get into difficulties, as well as using your phone as your navigation device. 

They’re also handy if a customer needs some extra juice while in your vehicle. 

Keep a spare power bank or two charged should you need power in a pinch!

Breakdown Kit

Do you know where your spare tyre is? Do you have the tools to be able to change it if you need to? Consider carrying a breakdown kit with you in case of roadside emergencies.
This kit could include:

  • a breakdown triangle
  • knuts for changing tyres
  • bottled water
  • snacks in case of a long wait for recovery vehicles.

Keep a blanket and an extra thick jumper in the back to keep you warm too. 

Finding Fuel

Found yourself giving rides or delivering in unfamiliar territory? It’s worth spending two minutes looking up the nearest service stations in case you need fuel quickly! As a bonus, larger stations also have toilets and food outlets – perfect for a day on the road.

Keep Warm

Most important is the person inside the car – you, the driver! When on shift, it’s important to keep warm, especially during cold snaps. You can buy heated car seats which plug directly into your car USB. Paired with driving gloves to keep those fingers warm you’ll be toasty in no time. 

Layering your clothes will help trap heat, and they’re easy to shed if you get too warm. 

And there’s nothing like hot tea or coffee, so take a Thermos or Stanley to have hot drinks on the go.


While Winter hasn’t truly hit us yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. 

Though you’re working from your vehicle, workplace safety is still crucial to not only you but also your passengers and other road users. 

According to Admiral, 12% of severe accidents happen in February during harsh weather conditions, including potential injury and vehicle write-offs. 

So make sure you’re prepared this season by following our tips to reduce your risk and protect your livelihood. 

Now for insurance! With INSHUR, all you need is your driver’s license to get a quote and be on the road in minutes.

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