Winter has arrived and as the days get colder and wetter, it’s a good idea to be prepared for extreme weather – especially snow. We hope you find these five tips useful from PA Motoring, as well as some of the other wintry driving tips that we’ve previously shared.
There’s snow heading our way – and in some areas it’s already hit. Travelling in snowy conditions can be treacherous, but there are some things you can do to make things a little easier. Here are our five tips for driving in the snow.
Clear all snow from windows and mirrors before setting off
This is a bit of a no-brainer really. It’s imperative that all windows and mirrors are clear from snow to ensure that you’ve got the best visibility possible. It also means making sure that the windscreen is ice-free – though it may appear clear, ice can quickly build up if it hasn’t been de-iced properly.
Choose a higher gear to avoid wheelspin
When temperatures drop and roads get icy, even proper four-wheel-drives can struggle for traction. Keeping your car in a higher gear won’t help the situation, as it increases engine revs and causes the vehicle’s wheels to spin more quickly.
Selecting a higher gear helps keep wheelspin to a minimum, allowing the car to more effectively navigate slippery surfaces.
Drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions
This takes little explanation. Making sure that you’re not travelling too quickly for the conditions should really take priority when driving in poor conditions. Drive too quickly, and there’s a good chance that you could have an accident.
If snow is falling, it’s a better option to take things slowly. It means that should the car begin to slide, it’ll do so slowly – minimising any potential damage.
Put a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front
When snow is on the ground, stopping distances go up. Due to lower traction levels, a car takes a lot longer to come to a halt than when the roads are clear. Should a car brake heavily in front of you and you’re too close to the back of it, the likelihood is that you’ll slide and come into contact with it.
Keep your distance, and it’ll make driving on snow a much safer experience.
Have supplies at the ready in case you get stranded
This is a good idea in case the worst happens. Being stuck by the side of the road – or even on the road in some cases – is a possibility, particularly in northern parts of the country where snowfall is at its heaviest.
Making sure that food supplies, as well as extra clothing and blankets, are well worth keeping in the car should you be heading out on the roads when snow is forecast.