As you may have seen on the news or for yourself, there has been a lot of snow in most parts of the UK recently.
The obvious advice that we hear all the time is not to drive unless necessary. If you do have to drive in the snow/ice, here are some quick tips to help you stay safe.
1) Make sure you clear the snow from all windows.
All too often we see drivers with cars which have their windows covered in snow. It is dangerous enough driving in those conditions but then to add poor visibility caused by snow on windows is asking for trouble.
2) Use higher gear to move off
As the road is slippery due to ice and snow, moving off in gear 2 will mean that the wheels will spin much slower and reduce the risk of wheel spin. Since gear 2 is not made for moving off normally, you may require more gas and excellent clutch control as it will be easier to stall the car.
3) Brake early
One of the biggest causes of skidding on ice is harsh braking. To avoid harsh braking, start braking a lot earlier than you would do in normal conditions.
4) Drive slower
This one might sound obvious but you would be surprised to see how many people still drive fast even though the road is covered in ice/snow. Driving slower will:
Decrease the risk of losing control
Make it easier to control any skidding
Allow you to stop your car in a shorter distance
Reduce the potential for an accident
5) Keep a safe distance
Tailgating in icy conditions in a terrible idea. Stopping distance in these conditions can be up to 10 times that of normal conditions. Driving at least 20 seconds away from the vehicle in front of you will greatly reduce the risk of bumping into the back of them should they stop suddenly.
6) Avoid hilly roads
Sometimes this is not possible but where you can, use a route that doesn’t have too many hills. Going up an icy hill is no easy feat and going down one may prove just as dangerous.
If you do find yourself in a skid, take these steps to minimise the potential for an accident:
7) Use main roads
Like the point above, this may not be possible all the time but main roads tend to be gritted better than the side roads. More vehicles drive on these roads so there is usually less ice on them.
Hopefully you found these tips useful. If you did please share with friends and family so we can all stay safe out there.