Winter Driving Tips To Help You Stay Safe

Winter brings longer nights, wetter days, and icy conditions – all of which making driving more difficult. Our winter driving tips can help you to navigate how to drive in the snow or what to do if you’re driving on icy roads.

Get some winter driving accessories

It’s always worth investing in a few winter accessories before the season hits. We recommend having items such as:

  1. Ice Scraper
  2. Shammy Cloth
  3. Torch
  4. First Aid Kit

Plan ahead

If you’re driving somewhere unknown, it’s important that you check online maps of the route to see if there are any bad traffic conditions, warnings or road closures. Leave yourself plenty of time to navigate the route too, there may be delays, or you may have to significantly reduce your speed if the roads are very icy or banked with snow.

Check your car

It’s important before you set off driving in wintry conditions that you check your car thoroughly. This means ensuring all your car lights are working and visible, that your tires are at the right pressure, that your number plates are clean, and that your windscreen wipers are working. Don’t forget to clean any snow off the roof of your car, as this can affect other drivers if the snow flies off as your drive, or damage your own visibility if it drops down onto your windscreen.

Keep your distance

​​When the roads are dry, leaving a two-second space between cars is sufficient to brake safely. However, on wet days, you need to double this distance to achieve the same result, and in icy conditions you need 10 times the normal recommended space in order to brake safely. This is also worth noting when it comes to driving uphill or downhill in snow – leave yourself plenty of space, and give other drivers the space they need.

Reduce your speed

​The rule of thumb is to match your speed to your visibility – if you can’t see very far ahead, then you should slow right down. Going slower will also help you monitor your car’s grip on the road, so if it does start to slip, you have time to right the hood.

Drive smoothly and carefully

​​This may seem obvious, but jerky or speedy driving can result in accidents. Make sure when you are changing lanes, or braking, you do so gently, with enough time to ensure the vehicles around you register what you are doing.

Dress for the weather

Make sure you have warm clothes and comfortable dry shoes so your feet don’t slip on the peddles. We also recommend having a blanket in the back of the car, in case of any delays or accidents on the road. Lastly, ask yourself if it is essential to drive if the weather is bad. One of our best tips for driving in the snow is to avoid it altogether!

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