We pass on some of our winter driving tips:
When snow is falling fast, don’t drive unless you really have to. In terrible weather, putting things off until conditions improve is best.
Winter ailments can leave you exhausted and sluggish. If you don’t feel like you can drive safely, don’t risk it.
Keeping the car well-maintained is doubly important in winter. Worn tyres won’t hold the road in wet conditions as well as those with a good, deep tread. Make sure all exterior lights are working and that windscreen wiper blades are in good condition. Check the oil, coolant and washer fluid levels.
In the wet
Take simple precautions when driving in heavy rain. Slow down: the wetter the roads, the longer your braking distance, and the heavier the rain, the worse your visibility. Drive cautiously and leave a good distance between you and the vehicle in front.
In snow and ice
Again, slow down and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front. Use your headlights if necessary. Brake and accelerate gently.
It’s not always easy to tell if you’re driving on ice, though if your tyres are making less noise than usual you may well be. If you do skid, don’t brake — you’ll lock the wheels and lose control. Instead, depress the clutch and steer into the direction of the skid. When the car straightens, steer as normal.
Apply the brake, without locking the wheels. If the vehicle starts to skid, ease pressure from the pedal and then reapply. Press the clutch in just before you stop.
Safe winter motoring!