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How to drive safely in severe weather

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Most motorists decide against driving their car in winter if they are hit with heavy snow or ice and choose to walk instead. Sometimes it can’t be helped if you are driving and suddenly Mother Nature hits you with a snow storm or bad weather you are then in a situation which will need you to be in control of your car. It is useful to know how to drive safely and reach your destination.

We have put together a few tips on how to prepare your vehicle if you have to drive in severe weather, after all you may have a festive get together that you need to get to or need to drop off last minute presents. 

Prepare

  • Leave 10 minutes early to give you time to prepare your vehicle - You don’t want to be late for work or your get together.
  • Clear any snow or ice off your vehicle - Sometimes snow can drop from your roof as soon as you start driving.
  • Besides a scraper and de-icer it is handy to stock up on blankets and the all important warm clothing just in case you get stranded - You want to be warm after all.
  • Plan your route on major roads these will have been gritted and cleared - Someone has already prepared the roads for you.
  • Check your tyres- Make sure the tred isn’t worn down.

Driving in snow and ice

  • If your tyres are making a noise it could mean that you are driving on ice - Remember not to panic.
  • If you are in a situation where you skid on the ice most drivers automatically put their brakes on, this will make the skidding worse so instead use your clutch and steer into the skid.
  • Remember that stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.
  • Reducing and maintaining a constant speed can help you stay in control of your car.
  • Use your second gear when pulling away when you have stopped your car, easing your foot off the clutch.
  • Driving downhill can be tricky but using your third or fourth gear can help you from skidding.

Hopefully our handy hints have helped you if you choose to drive in severe weather. The main thing to remember when you are driving in snow or ice is to not panic even though many of us do, remaining calm will help you to control your car and avoid any problems that may occur.

Season’s Greetings!

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By Amanda Bainbridge