You may have noticed that driving over the past week and a half has been a nightmare because of the fluffy stuff! Yes ice, sleet and snow has been making itself known throughout the UK this week. And there may well be more of it to come in the weeks ahead.
Driving through the snow requires a whole set of driving skills in itself. This is mainly because your car will react differently to the snow and ice than when it is driving in normal weather conditions. How differently depends on your driving skills as well as the complexities of your car itself. There are not hard and fast rules when it comes to driving in the snow, other than to be as safe as possible. Here’s some advice from Want Driving Lessons when it comes to driving in bad weather conditions…
1. Allow extra time
Planning on getting to your niece or nephews birthday this week? If you happen to be somewhere there are flurries of snow, it’s always recommended you allow extra time for your journey. A half an hour trip could end up taking an hour or even longer. Being prepared is a must at this time of year!
2. Prepare your vehicle
Although this is something that we recommend you do all year round, keeping your car or van in top condition is a must, especially when the colder weather hits. Winter tyres can be fitted if you are expecting deep snow in the next couple of weeks. These are the same as normal tyres except they have added tread. This will give you extra grip when it comes to driving on the ice.
3. Keep supplies with you
On any road trip, there is always the possibility of a break down or delay due to road conditions. This can happen to even the most cautious of drivers so it pays to be prepared for it when it does happen. Keep warm blankets folded in the boot of the car along with dried food packages like crisps and nuts (for those who do not have nut allergies). A flask of tea or coffee as well as bottled drinks are also recommended on the longer car rides and when traveling with children.
4. Charge up before you leave
The importance of this pointer cannot be stressed enough! Make sure your mobile battery is fully charged before setting off. You will naturally have the numbers of your family and friends stored on your phone, but a few emergency roadside assistance numbers could be handy too. If you do find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere, dialing 999 will get you access to medical help as well as some emergency roadside assistance.
5. Emergencies only…
A light frosting of snow will not warrant a ‘snow in’ so you’ll still be able to get out and about with some careful driving. However, deeper snow and heavy snowfall may make life a little more difficult. If the journey is not necessary, they it might be a good idea to stay in the warm until the snow storms clear.