How to drive in the snow
We know that snowy conditions can make driving a real challenge! With this in mind it is crucial to prepare yourself adequately before embarking on a journey in the snow. It is also worth knowing how to prepare yourself and your car, while also considering different ways to approach your driving when faced with adverse driving conditions! So here are our Pulman top winter driving tips…
Plan your journey
Allow for more time than you normally would have before you leave! You should clear your car windows, mirrors, lights and the top of your roof of snow before setting off - driving with snow on your car could result in you breaking the law!
Make sure your auto wiper is switched off before turning the ignition on as this could blow the wiper control fuse if they are frozen to the screen. Your wipers need to be in good working order so you’re able to keep your window clean
Check your screen wash - use a good quality screen wash that protects down to at least -35 to prevent the water from freezing. If you don't your windscreen wipers could be rendered useless in extreme conditions!
Pack for the worst
Here’s our handy checklist for what to bring with you on your winter adventures!
- Torch (windup so that the battery doesn’t run out)
- Hi-vis vest
- Spare Screenwash
- Ice Scraper
- Phone Charger
- First Aid Kit
- A Warning Triangle
- Some Jump Leads
How to tackle driving during the snow
- wear comfortable and dry footwear
- Accelerate gently, use low revs and change up to higher gears as quickly as possible
- Move off in second gear which will help reduce wheel slip - some cars have winter mode which does the same job
- Get your speed right and maintain safe stopping distances between you and the car ahead of you - you should leave as much as 10 times the recommended gap
- Prepare for uphill by leaving plenty of room so you can maintain a constant speed without changing gear
- When approaching a bend, brake before you actually start to turn the steering wheel. If you car does lose grip - don’t panic - they key is to take your foot off the accelerator and make sure your wheels are pointing in the direction you want to go in
- If you do encounter a skid, steer gently into it
- When driving in heavy snow use dipped headlights
- If visibility drops below 100m put you fog lights on
- Controls such as brakes, as well as steering, accelerator and even gear changing should be operated smoothly and slowly
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