We’re now firmly in the grip of Winter. Around 2-4 centimetres of snow lay last night whilst I was out. Luckily it had cleared by the morning but evidently the coldest season has well and truly taken hold. With that in mind and the greater likelihood of further snow, the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) has provided the following snow driving advice:
- Think about the safest possible way to get to your destination. If you can, avoid travelling on quieter roads or country lanes as these are less likely to be gritted.
- Don’t forget to clear off snow piled on the roof and bonnet as it can fall and blow on to the windscreen or the vehicle behind.
- Start your car gently from stationary and avoid high revs. If road conditions are icy and you drive a manual car, move off in a higher gear rather than first gear. Stay in a higher gear to avoid wheel spin.
- Never drive too fast that you risk losing control, but avoid driving so slowly that you risk losing momentum, especially when driving up a slope.
- Double your stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you. This will give you more time to slow down without relying on your brakes.
So there you go – follow these tips to ensure you stay safe in some of the worsening conditions we will be facing as the nights – and cold – close in.