Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter driving can bring a range of unexpected dangers.

Take a look at some winter driving tips on how to stay safe when driving in the big freeze.

Winter Driving Safety

What should be in a winter emergency car kit?

Make sure you have an emergency bag ready. Kit it out with emergency food and water, warm clothing and a first aid kit. You should also keep in mind essentials that will help your car in an emergency. A tow strap, jump leads and a shovel are all, key in an emergency.

Tips for Winter Driving in the Snow

Stay home – Be smart and end your journey if the weather is bad. If you are too far from home, find a local hotel to stay until the weather improves.

Stopping Distance – When driving, consider your stopping distance. In wet slippery conditions, your stopping distance is considerably decreased. Increase the distance in which you would follow cars to account for this.

Poor visibility – Snow, rain and hail can also cause poor visibility so keep that in mind when driving.

Drive carefully – Drive slower than you usually would and account for the lack of traction on the road.

If things get difficult – Keep calm when driving on slippery roads. Frantically driving whilst spinning or skidding can cause things to get much worse.

Check your tyres – Do you have suitable well-inflated tyres with a good grip? If not, why not get winter tyres? Check over your tyre pressure and keep a tyre chain in your boot if you are driving in an area prone to deep snow.

Do you have plenty of fuel for your journey? – To ensure you don’t get stranded in harsh conditions, keep your fuel tank above halfway.

Tips for Long-Distance Winter Driving Trips

Never drive tired – Take regular breaks and pay extra attention to what’s around you.

Check the forecast – Plan your journey around the weather, avoid driving out in potentially dangerous conditions if you can help it. Also whilst you are driving, regularly check weather updates so that you can make a detour if need be.

Charge your phone – Before you set off for a long journey make sure you charge your phone and let people know where and when you are going.

How can I get my car unstuck from the snow?

  • Stay in your vehicle if you get stuck in the snow. Your vehicle will keep you warm, safe and easier to locate. Don’t take it upon yourself to find help in difficult conditions.
  • If you do decide to dig out your vehicle, don’t overdo it. Leave it to someone who can rescue you if you can.
  • Make sure that you are easily visible especially if its night time. Put low-level lights on your car so that you don’t use all your power but you can be easily seen.
  • Check that your exhaust pipe is clear, this will prevent fumes coming into the car.
  • Save your energy, only run the engine to keep the heater running.

Ice Safety: Avoiding Accidents in the Winter

Take a look at our blog on how to stay safe around frozen lakes and ice here.

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