Snow safety tips
We have put together some safety tips to keep you safe on the road while we are being affected by the ‘Beast from the East’.
1. Accelerate and decelerate slowly, pushing the accelerator slowly is the best way for regaining traction and avoiding skids. It takes much longer to slow down on icy roads, so give yourself plenty of time when approaching a red light.
2. Everything takes longer when there is snow on the roads, stopping, turning and acceleration. So, give yourself time get where you need to go, the more you rush in icy conditions the more likely you are to crash.
3. Hills are extremely tricky to navigate in the snow, do not try and zoom up them, apply extra pressure on the accelerator will just cause your wheels to spin. Best practice is to reduce your speed as you reach the top of the hill, then move down the hill as slowly as possible. It is very important that you do not stop going up a hill in snowy/icy conditions, it will be very hard to regain any movement once you are stopped.
4.Make sure your exhaust pipe is not blocked with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust pipe can cause carbon monoxide to leak into the interior of the car.
5. Prepare for the worst. Make sure you have your phone, a blanket, a bottle of water and anything else you think you may need if you get stranded in the snow for a length of time, such as a torch, first aid kit or de-icer etc.
6. Make sure you have the number for your breakdown cover provider, in case you need assistance on your journey.
7. Keep your fuel tank at least half full, to stop a fuel line freeze up.
8. Always check your wipers, make sure your wipers are switched off before you start the engine, if they are frozen to your screen then this can cause damage.
9. If you skid whilst driving in snowy/icy conditions, steer gently into it, do not take your hands off the steering wheel and you must NEVER slam on the brakes.
10. Snow chains can only be used if there is a layer of compacted snow and will need to be removed if you reach a clear section of road. You will damage the road and your car if you try to drive on a clear road with snow chains on.
It is very important that you change the way you drive when driving in snowy or icy conditions. One of the most important things you can do is plan your journey and try to use main roads, as they are more likely to be clear or gritted. When the weather is very bad, it is a good idea to stay home and try not to make any unnecessary journeys. Stay safe!!
For more winter safety tips visit our ‘Winter Safety Tips’ Page