The best tip for driving in the snow is not to do it in the first place. However, there may be times when you have no choice. To this end, it is worth knowing how best to do it so you can stay as safe as possible.
Firstly, make sure you don’t leave home unless you have some essentials in your car. Pack a blanket, a flask of hot drink, some snacks and a snow shovel. Snow chains or socks for your car wheels should ideally be fitted before you set off. They can help you stay on the road instead of having your tyres slide.
Clear your car of all snow
If it has been snowing during the night and your car is covered in a layer of it, remove it all before you set off. This applies to snow on the roof and bonnet, as well as anything on the windows. This is because anything sitting on the roof can slide off onto your windscreen as the car warms up and you slow down. You could suddenly find yourself without any visibility if this happens.
You should also allow more time to make your journey. Start in second gear if you can, as it gives you more grip and reduces the odds that your wheels will slide. Don’t accelerate at speed – instead, do so gently. The same applies to braking. Swift braking will only send your car into a slide when driving in the snow.
Do you drive in the tracks of other vehicles?
Sometimes this cannot be helped, but compacted snow can be far more slippery than fresh snow. Try and drive on the fresh stuff if possible. Additionally, wear sunglasses if the sun is out, as the sun reflecting off the snow can be very bright indeed.
Even though you may do everything right when driving in the snow, there are occasions where you may come across someone who does not drive as safely as they should. This could mean you are caught up in an accident even when you have not done anything to deserve it. Accident Advice Helpline has helped others who have been hurt by other people in accidents just like these. Call us on 0800 689 0500 if this has happened to you. Providing it happened within the last three years, you have a chance to make a claim.