Vital Tips for Driving in the Snow

Driving in severe winter weather poses many challenges and even the most experienced drivers can be tested by ice and snow.

It’s vital that motorists follow tried and tested procedures to ensure their safety and reduce the risk of serious road traffic accidents.

Before You Leave

  • Ensure your tyres are inflated correctly (at least 3mm of tread).
  • Keep screen wash topped up & use a proper additive to prevent it from freezing.
  • Clear all snow and ice from the windscreen. Use warm water or de-icer never hot or boiling water.
  • Put safety before punctuality. Allow extra time for winter journeys, especially in the morning.

When You’re Driving

  • Switch on headlights even during the day. Poor weather can seriously reduce yours and others visibility.
  • Double or even triple the gap between you and the car in front to allow more stopping time.
  • Control your speed – don’t go so fast that you risk losing control, or so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it.
  • Brake, steer and accelerate as smoothly as possible.
  • Where possible, stay in the clearest lane on motorways. Avoid slush and ice and keep within clear tyre tracks if you can.
  • Plan your journeys on busier roads, as they are more likely to have been gritted.
  • Stay in a higher gear for better control. If it is icy, pull away in second gear for better traction.

If You Get Stuck

  • Make sure you have packed your emergency snow kit. This should include: a torch, warm clothing, some food, water and a fully charged mobile phone.
  • Motorists who regularly drive long distances, on country roads or travel at night, should also invest in a reflective jacket and an emergency triangle to keep in the boot.
  • Have a list of emergency phone numbers on hand in case the worst does happen.

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