We advise all drivers to only get behind the wheel in icy and wintery conditions if absolutely necessary. It’s no fun and can be quite daunting, but, if you really have to drive, here are some tips to make sure you’re prepared for your journey.
Before setting off check as many travel outlets as possible. Ask your Alexa for travel updates, check Google maps for traffic levels on main routes, tune into your local radio station and check local news online. The Met office will issue warnings if snow or ice is predicted. This should give you an indication of how treacherous or not the roads may be.
Give yourself time - Don't rush, especially in icy conditions. The saying ‘Better late than never’ will always be sound advice in this situation. Schools may have closed so don't rush with children in the car and most employers will understand any lateness due to icy road conditions.
Keep de-icer and sunglasses in the car - Winter comes with low sun rises in the mornings. Sunglasses will help you if the sun is low and strong.
De-icing the car can feel like an age, so make sure you wrap up warm and wear winter clothing. Keep a spare blanket in the car and take some food and drink with you on journeys in case you get stranded... There’s nothing worse than being cold AND hungry when waiting for help.
Treat yourself to some ‘Winter Tyres’ - They are a huge help to those who live in remote parts of the country where you get high levels of snowfall or conditions remain worse for longer. They are designed to give you more grip on cold roads. You can compare the prices of winter tyres with Motokiki
If you have snow on the car, remember it’s important to clear all remains off the roof and parts of the car which may cause an accident. Throw a few snowballs around and have fun whilst clearing it off the car.
Do not exceed any temporary speed limits - steering could become difficult in ice and snow and stopping distances can be up to ten times greater - That’s a huge difference vs normal conditions. Keep to a speed that you can control which won't allow you to lose control by going to fast or lose momentum by going to slow.
Remember the faster you travel… The longer it will take you to stop should you need too. Be considerate and make sure you leave ample space between the car in front.