Driving in the snow and winter conditions
Despite how beautiful snow may look when we are in the comfort of our homes, when travelling snow and icy roads can be extremely dangerous for all drivers. Although the snow can create a lot of hazards, there are some measures to ensure that you can cope the best possible in the extreme weather.
More commonly known as ‘winter tyres’, snow tyres are built with technology that is ideal for the cold weather. As the weather drops below 7 degrees celsius, the snow tyres grip the road much better which helps to avoid any skidding, overall reducing the risk of an accident. It is advised that these tyres are fitted on your vehicle when temperatures drop and stored in a suitable place when not in use. These tyres are a great way to reduce the danger of driving in snow and should be paired with safe driving techniques to give you the best journey.
Although the most common advice we hear when snow starts to fall, driving slow is an essential part of a snow filled journey. Driving slower allows a better reaction time so that braking can be performed slowly to avoid skidding. Alongside the slower driving, keep a further distance from any cars that are in front than usual, at least 4 cars is advised. Keeping a safe distance from cars in the lanes next to you is also recommended, if any skidding occurs it keeps collisions from happening.
Keep your lights on
No matter how dark or light it feels from inside your vehicle, snowfall can make it a lot harder to see. Not only does it help you, but it allows others to spot your vehicle from further away and adjust their braking distance accordingly. Be careful using full beam if snow is causing reflections that may blind you and create further problems, adjust lights accordingly to situations. If any doubts on if your lights are working, vehicle checks should be carried out before a journey and regularly in future. Ensuring brake lights work are essential in all conditions, especially the snow.
Additional tips to keep your journey safe include:
* Braking slowly.
* Driving in street lit areas.
* Be mindful of areas that may look snow free, ice may remain.
* Keep steering as smooth as possible.
* If driving in an automatic with a ‘snow mode’ use this.