Friday 10 February 2012
Before you set off in snow...
Use main roads
Even when the main roads are clear, the side roads can often be snow-covered because they won't have been treated or travelled on as much. Plan your route on roads more frequently used.
Slow and steady for snow and ice!
Avoid revving your engine and spinning your wheels on the slippery surface. Slow and steady works best. Try starting off gently in second gear. Then move into third and avoid sudden changes in steering and braking. Braking harshly may risk locking up your wheels and you could skid even further.
Unmelted snow may turn to ice making driving conditions very challenging, even for the most experience of drivers.
Anticipate the road ahead and try to keep moving steadily where you can safely do so rather than stopping and starting off again - especially on hills. Keeping momentum going will help tackle the challenges of a snow-covered hill.
Be aware of Winter Service Vehicles
Vehicles spreading salt or plowing snow will be recognisable by the flashing amber beacons and will be travelling at slower speeds - around 40 miles per hour or less.
Keep a safe distance from the maintenance vehicle as salt or spray may be thrown across the road. Don't overtake unless
it is safe to do so - there may be uncleared snow or previously untreated surfaces on the road ahead.
Always carry a charged mobile phone for emergencies
and make sure your battery, lights and wipers are up to
the challenges of winter.
Find a garage near you offering
a Winter Check at http://www.goodgaragescheme.co.uk/winter_check