If you unfortunately end up finding yourself having to drive in the snow or on ice or snow covered roads, you will need to adapt your driving accordingly to the conditions at hand:

  • Decrease your current speed, your stopping distance and chances of skidding will both reduce.
  • Don’t match speed limits, maximum speeds are for ideal conditions but in bad conditions they are often too fast for the situation.
  • Avoid any brash acceleration, sharp steering or harsh braking.
  • Take plenty of time to slow down, especially before corners and bends.
  • Avoid braking on icy or snow covered bends, it can be extremely dangerous. The force can cause you vehicle to begin to spin.
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and the one in front, you could require ten times the normal braking distance to come to a stop.
  • Having your heater turned to full can keep you warm but it can also rapidly cause you to feel drowsy so keep your car well ventilated.
  • If driving in snow, visibility is more than likely to be reduced so use your dipped headlights and make regular stops to clean the lights, windows and number plates.
  • Watch out for bridges, the road surface may have thawed enough to drive at decent speeds but the road under a bridge may not have thawed yet and can still have a layer of ice on the road surface.
  • If you do need to brake on ice or snow it is best advised to lower you’re gearing earlier and to allow your speed to fall, only using the brakes gently if needed.