Driving in snowy conditions

Winter can be a treacherous time on the roads, and whilst it’s all very well to say avoid travelling unless absolutely essential, at some point or another most of us will have to experience driving in snowy conditions.

It’s important to keep an eye on the weather for warnings, and to be aware of road clearances in your area – if possible, avoid travelling in the early morning before snow ploughs and gritters have been out – and try to avoid travel late at night when the temperature drops and conditions could be icy.

Tips for safe driving in the winter

Whilst it’s best to delay your journey until the snow passes, this might not always be possible in practice. You could take public transport (if it’s running) or even a taxi to your destination, but if you absolutely have to travel, here are some tips to ensure you drive safely:

  • Leave extra time for your journey so that you’re not stressed and rushing, as this can cause accidents
  • Decrease your speed
  • Leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front
  • Brake and accelerate gently to avoid skidding
  • Stick to low gears, particularly on hills, as this will give your vehicle more traction
  • Keep warm clothes, blankets, water and snacks in the car in case of a breakdown, and ensure your mobile phone is fully charged before setting off

What to do in the event of an accident

If you are involved in an accident through no fault of your own, it’s a good idea to gather as much information as you can at the scene. Try to take contact details for any witnesses, and if possible take some photographs.

These could be useful if you decide to claim for compensation. Bear in mind that many injuries such as whiplash may not show symptoms for days or even weeks after your accident, so even if you need to seek medical attention several months after your road accident, you could still claim.

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We’ll handle the whole claims process from start to finish, so that’s another weight off your mind. Call our freephone helpline today – we’re here 24/7 – and see what we can do for you.

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