Driving in the Snow - Do's and Don'ts

Extreme weather conditions such as intense heat or monsoon-like rain can make driving a challenging experience. Undoubtedly, the most testing of all elements is snow. Not only can it drastically alter the road surface, it can seriously hamper visibility.

Get a grip

Make sure your tyres have sufficient tread, enabling them to grip the road more effectively. You might even consider swapping your usual tyres for winter versions that feature a deeper tread than normal.

Be prepared

Stock up on de-icer to keep your windscreens as clear as possible. A de-icer for your locks is a good idea too, particularly when temperatures drop severely. Additionally, a reliable screen wash product will help prevent water from freezing, allowing windscreen wipers to do their job.

Driving in the Snow

Think ahead

Leave earlier than normal so that you have enough time to prepare your car, ensuring it is free from snow and/or ice.

If snow is falling – or likely to fall – plan your journey ahead of time using online tools such as the RAC’s Route planner. Staying tuned to a local radio station is a good way of remaining up-to-date with traffic news.

Cool weather, cool head

The more snow there is, the more measured your driving should be. Always allow plenty of time to brake safely, and leave longer distances between you and the vehicle ahead.

Sturgess of Leicester wishes you a happy driving experience throughout the year, and particularly during the winter.