With the weather getting colder and degrees dropping by the day, we are bound to get some snow this year. You may think nothing of it but driving in the snow is risky business and there are many factors you need to take into consideration before and whilst driving in snowy and icy conditions. Here are some tips to help you:
Before you set off:
- Make sure to check your tyre tread depth and ensure it is adequate. Poor tyres will not be able to grip when driving in snow and icy conditions.
- Always use a good quality screenwash that will protect down to at least -35 degrees to prevent the water from freezing. If you don’t, the windscreen wipers may be rendered useless.
- Always make sure to remove snow from the rood of your vehicle. If not, breaking sharply can cause the snow to fall onto the windscreen and hinder your vision.
Whilst driving in snow:
Remember to accelerate gently and try to use low revs as well as changing up to a higher gear safely yet as quickly as possible. You may need to use second gear to move off as this can reduce wheel slip.
Your stopping distance in snow and icy condition is increased up to 10 times the normal recommended gap.
If you encounter a skid, always steer gently in to the skid.
By adhering to these tips for driving in snow, you should be safe and make it to your destination safely. Always stay safe on the road and if you are uncertain, take it easy!