Top Tips For Driving In The Snow

By Craig Ranson
By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

With arctic conditions sweeping across East Anglia, those without 4×4’s or tractors might be wondering how to get to work or the shops. The short and easy answer is to stay at home and don’t venture out if you’re unsure, but for many, that might not be an option. Here are some tips for driving in the snow (according to RAC).

Before leaving:

Plan your journey to use only main roads that are likely to be gritted. Busier roads are also less likely to be as dangerous as back roads will be driven on less and therefore hold more snow. Leave plenty of time to de-ice the car and check your tyres. Always ensure you have a shovel, warm layers, appropriate shoes and a high-vis vest in the boot in case you break down.

When driving:

  • Accelerate slowly, use low revs and change to higher gears quickly
  • Some vehicles have ‘winter mode’ but if yours doesnt, taking off in second gear can reduce wheel spin.
  • Leave plenty of stopping space
  • If you start to skid, gently steer your car in the direction of the skid. For example, if the rear of the car is skidding to the left, turn your wheel to the left. Do not put your foot on the brake or accelerator, and do not take your hands off the steering wheel.
  • If visibility is poor, turn on your fog lights.
  • If roads have not been gritted, try to avoid driving in other cars tyre tracks as compacted snow is likely to be icier than fresh snow.
  • Use the pedals and steer smoothly. Quick movements are more likely to increase the possibility of skidding.

If you do have to frequently drive in snow conditions, ensuring that your car is regularly cleaned reduces the possibility of the salt causing corrosion damage to your car.

You can see more about driving in deep snow, snow tyres and snow chains here.

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