Tips for Driving in Snow & Ice this Winter

Added: 14 January 2019

Winter is a tough time for drivers. From piles of snow to the ever-present danger of black ice, it’s wise to make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for the risks out there. Here, we’re going to look at a few tips on how you can make sure the season doesn’t catch you off guard.

Know what you’re heading into

It’s always wise to check the forecast well ahead of time in the winter. Knowing whether you can expect snow or icy roads allows you the time to make the journey before or after the worst of it. Furthermore, if the weather is bad but you still need to head out, you can allow more time for the journey, so you can focus on making the drive as safe as possible.

Set a slower pace

When road conditions are bad, it’s essential to not only lower your speed but to give the vehicle ahead of you more distance than usual. Ice and snow can make braking conditions harder, which means that you may need that extra second when the vehicle ahead of you comes to a stop.

Visibility is crucial

Because your car will be less responsive, you need your visibility and vision from the driver’s seat to be as clean and clear as possible. Make sure your windshields are clean, both inside and out, and clear any snow from the hood and roof of the car as it can shift and block your view. Similarly, make sure all the lights on the vehicle are cleaned after every drive to make sure their brightness isn’t diminished.

Make sure you have an emergency kit

A winter emergency kit should be somewhere in the car for all journeys through snow and ice. There’s a greater chance of breakdowns during winter than any other time of year and an emergency kit can help you not only get the car started again but keep you safe if you’re waiting for breakdown recovery. A winter emergency kit should include a torch, a shovel, jump cables, a first aid kit, high visibility cones, de-icing tools, and warm clothes.

Ensure your tyres are in good condition

For better winter driving, you need good winter weather tyres with at least a 3mm tread. Ensure that they’re fully inflated so that they have as much grip on the road as possible.

Drive a car that handles winter better

If you’re in the market for a new car, safety should always be a priority and, if your area is hit by bad winters every year, then choosing a vehicle that can handle winter roads can be essential. The Subaru Outback estate is large-bodied, reliable vehicle that can handle winter weather better than most.

For those who want a smaller vehicle, the Suzuki Swift hatchback with its ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system and automatic braking assist can keep you grounded. Meanwhile, the Jeep Renegade can manage to find traction on even the slipperiest of surfaces.

Contact us at Ian Grieve in Falkirk to check out some of the best autos for handling that winter weather.

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