Tips for driving safe in the snow and ice

The great British weather can present driving challenges at the best of times. With winter weather on the way, driving can come with specific conditions such as darker mornings and nights, storms, high winds, fog, ice, and snow.
But there is no need to panic, Vavista have looked at various conditions and found some easy steps you can take to make your driving easier and safer.

Here we will look at driving in snow and ice….

Did you know?

How much extra space should you give between you and the vehicle in front in snowy and icy conditions? Twice the space? Five times as much? It’s in fact 10 times the normal gap!

Preparing for driving in snow and ice

There are a few simple steps you can take to be safer in these conditions;

  •  Is your travel if really necessary? Check the weather forecast relevant to your journey, and take any weather warnings seriously and act accordingly delaying your travel if needed.
  •  Ensure your vehicle is well maintained before you set off, checking oil and water levels, wipers and heating systems are in good working order, tyres and brakes are functioning, and that you have a full tank of fuel.
  •  If your car is iced up ensure it’s all clear BEFORE driving, and if covered in snow clear the windows, bonnet and roof – snow can fall on the windscreen from both the bonnet and roof reducing visibility.

Have a basic safety kit in the car with items like warm blankets, torch and batteries, ice scraper and shovel, snacks like chocolate or cereal bars, and ensure you mobile phone is fully charged.

Driving in snow and ice

  • Stick to main roads if you can as these are more likely to have been cleared, gritted and maintained by local authorities and the Highways Agency.
  • Like storms, mist, and fog, you need to give yourself up to ten times more distance between you and vehicles and this is even more important at junctions where markings may not be visible.
  • When it’s really cold have a quick look at the pavement, is it frozen? This will give you a good idea of the potential road conditions. Accelerate gently using low revs, you might even need to use 2nd gear to get going, and be gentle with both the accelerator and brakes to avoid skidding.