The winter months can be a real challenge for drivers, especially when it’s snowing.
The combination of freezing temperatures, icy surfaces and low visibility can make the roads treacherous. So, it’s essential to take care.
That starts with this handy guide!
And always remember: any non-essential travel isn’t worth the trip if the weather is against you. But if you must go and there’s lots of snow, there are a few things you can do to help avoid a major incident!
Allow extra time
Most roads will be jammed, and everyone will be taking care to drive slowly. It’s also best to avoid windy country roads that are unlikely to have been treated.
De-ice your car correctly
Buy an ice scraper – it’s a gamechanger! And Do NOT use boiling water, as this may crack your windscreen.
Clear all snow
Make sure your windows and the top of your car are snow free as it can really obstruct your vison when driving. It’s also illegal and you can get fined.
Top up your screen wash and fuel
You don’t want to run out as the weather kicks in!
Check your tyres
And double check them! Tyres are vital for safe driving. Make sure they are above the minimum tyre thread depth of 1.6mm . Anything below this is illegal and for good reason as it can seriously increase your chances of losing control.
Pack up your car with essential items. We recommend:
- Fully charged mobile
- Ice scraper
- Spare screen wash
- Roadside assistance number
- Warning Triangle
- Jump Cables
Snow driving tips
- Keep calm and drive slow
- Avoid spinning by changing up to a higher gear as quickly as possible and keeping your revs low
- Avoid wheel spin when pulling away by using second gear and gently easing your foot off the clutch
- Apply gentle pressure when braking and slow right down when approaching bends and corners
- Remember stopping distances can be 10 times longer so keep your distance
- If you’re driving uphill, try to avoid changing gear
- When driving downhill, go slow and use a low gear, avoiding using your brakes if possible
- Driving on the tyre tracks may be icier than fresh snow
Stuck in snow? Here’s what to do…
- Don’t rev your engine – that will only dig you in deeper and make things worse
- Clear as much snow as possible around your car
- If it’s dark, keep your lights on and use a safety triangle to alert other motorists
- Straighten your steering and use the highest gear possible
If you’re still stuck, it’s time to call it quits and phone for help or ask a friendly passer-by for help. Or…
Who you gonna call? Roadside Assistance
Roadside Assistance is even more important in the cold weather as breakdowns are common in the winter months. Knowing you’re already covered for your car to be repaired there and then or towed to the nearest garage can give you enormous peace of mind.