It’s not often we see this kind of weather here in the UK where naturally it can often make us feel nervous or unsure when driving in it. It is all to easy to forget that we need to change our driving style, especially if we’re in a rush to get back home or get to work on time.
Its best not to drive unless a journey is absolutely necessary. Yet if you do have to venture out in the snow, we’ve put together a few helpful tips for preparing for your journey and a couple of things to think about when you are driving to ensure you arrive safe and sound.
1. Plan ahead and check your car. Tyre pressures, water levels and oil are some of the things you should be checking before you set off.
2. Defrost your car thoroughly; ensure you remove the snow from the roof of your car so that it doesnt obscure your view under braking or when going down hill.
3. Make sure you clear the snow for your lights and windows.
4. Take an emergency pack with you – this might include a blanket, some food or snacks and a bottle of water.
5. Use your gears effectively, if you are driving an Automatic then think about using the correct long or lower range settings. Likewise if you car is fitted with modern traction control ensure you select the “snow” setting.
6. Plan your movements on the road carefully, road positioning as well as making clear tracks in the snow can ensure you keep making steady progress.
7. Dipped beams, put your lights on and use your indicators when turning across the path of traffic.
8. Don’t panic if you skid! Remember cadence braking can save almost any skid or slide.
9. Leave as much as ten times the normal gap to the car in front.
We hope you aren’t affected by the weather – be sure to check out our fabulous range of 4×4 lease cars which should be able to get you to and from work under most adverse conditions and be sure to check out our recent winter driving tips for more ideas, safe driving practices and methods to stay safe while using the roads under these harsh weather conditions.