DRIVING IN SNOWY CONDITIONS

First of all, if you can, avoid the drive, also if you feel out of your depth then turn back.

Always allow plenty of time for your journey and make sure you have a full tank of petrol before leaving, you might have to spend a lot more time on the road if you are rerouted.

Before setting out, make sure all the windows are clear of snow and you have clear vision all around. If you can , run the engine for a few minutes before driving.

Pack drinking water and snack food, and some warm clothing ( gloves, hat etc.) in case of a breakdown or should you get lost! Don’t forget your mobile phone and make sure it is fully charged. A good torch is always handy.

Windscreen washer fluid can freeze, make sure to use the correct ratio when mixing.
Those sunglasses tucked away after the summer hols will help to reduce glare so keep them handy.

The greatest danger is skidding so drive carefully with smooth gentle use of the accelerator, steering, and most importantly, the brakes. Should the vehicle start to skid, ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction of the skid.

Look out for black ice, it is usually found in areas that are shadowed from the sun, you may be in a warm car but never forget that outside it may be below freezing point.

A lot of roads never get gritted, it may be tempting to drive in the wheeltracks of other vehicles but these can be more icy than undisturbed snow.

Keep your speed down and watch out for pedestrians / cyclists / motorbikes, they may be more difficult to spot than usual. Stay well back from the vehicle ahead, you may need all that space to stop! Keep your distance!

Reg. Approved Driving Instructor R.S.A. 34925 Reg. Approved Driving Instructor U.K. 182655