How To | Drive In Snowy And Icy Weather

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It’s probably safe to say that we’re all struggling in the current weather conditions on the roads. Whether it’s making us late, causing accidents or just being a nuisance to drive in; snow, ice and busy roads are three things that definitely do not work well together.

There are a few simple measures that you can take to make your daily journeys safer, and to make driving a pleasant experience again. It’s not just about driving the right car, or stocking up on warm clothing and supplies. It’s about how you understand and maintain your vehicle, and then it’s about how you handle your vehicle on the road.

Car Maintenance:

1)      Tyres

Ensure your tyres are inflated correctly, if you’re unsure then check with a mechanic or garage.


Keep Your Tyres Inflated

Keep Your Tyres Inflated

2)      Battery

In Winter Battery’s will run down quicker than normal, so just make sure that you top it up regularly or re-charge it when possible, particularly before a long journey.

3)      Screen wash

A vital measure for poor weather conditions. Maintain the correct levels of wash and water, as it is often likely to freeze in cold weather.

4)      Fuel

You may have noticed that Petrol stations are busier than ever, and panic buying becomes the trend. Be observant of your fuel levels, and try not to drive on less than half a tank. If you can keep a small supply at home.

5)      Windscreens

Keep windscreens clear of snow, but never use water to do this. Hot water can crack the glass, and cold water can freeze!

Driving In Snow And Ice:

1)      Speed

Get your speed right, not too fast that you lose control, but not too slow either that you risk losing momentum when you need it.

2)      Revs

Avoid high revs, and start slowly. If you do get yourself into a skid, take your feet off the pedals and steer! Remember to only use the brake if your steering cannot get you out of trouble.

3)      Stopping Distance

Double or triple your stopping distance from what you would usually leave. When the roads are icy or snow covered, you may not be able to rely on your brakes in bad weather.


Increase Stopping Distance To Avoid Accidents

Increase Stopping Distance To Avoid Accidents

4)      Avoid Shortcuts

Sticks to roads that you know, and avoid small roads. It may sound obvious, but when you’ve hit a big queue you may think it’s a good idea to take that short cut… it never is!

5)      Motorways

Stay in the clearest lane possible, and keep within the clear tyre tracks if possible.

6)      Lights

Keep dipped headlights when snow is falling, or fog lights to make you visible to pedestrians. Do not use fog lights if the weather improves, as they will dazzle other drivers.

If You Get Stuck:

1)      Engine

Keep on if necessary, but make sure you turn it off for 10-15 minutes of each hour.

2)      Exhaust

Make sure it is clear of snow, if you have the engine on and the exhaust is blocked you could be at risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

3)      Stay Close

Stay close to your vehicle and avoid leaving it to go and investigate. The cold can often be disorientating, and you may get lost. Wait in your vehicle for help to arrive.

Photo courtesy of Surrey-Online

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  • Letang Max


  • mike

    good tips. it is cold outside today. time for some snow tires.

  • Car Warranty

    Some great advice here. I think that one thing many people need to keep at the front of their minds is to just be sensible. Far too many people will try to drive fast to get where they are going when slowing down will make sure that you get to your destination in a timely manner and more importantly that you will get there in one piece.

  • half ton pickup comparison

    Driving in the snow seems as hard on your car as the salt air in the southeast… 

  • Jamie Doutt

    Top Post! Particularly the tips on speed to help driving on the ice. Keep up the good posts!

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