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5 tips for driving in the snow and ice

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19 Jan 2015

The Frozen Car By Cwaddell D4plkfd 1


With the white stuff on its way, expert advice states that you should avoid travelling wherever possible, but if you absolutely must go out in your car there are some things you can do to make your journey safer.


1) Pack properly

Don’t leave the house in a hurry. Make sure you’re fully equipped, put on some warm clothes, layer up, even grab a hat and some gloves.

Put a blanket in the backseat, so that if you do get stuck, you have something to keep you warm.

Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged. A first aid kit, torch and ice scraper may also come in handy.

If you have some old carpet or cat litter lying around – like you do – bring that as well! It can be put under the tyres if they get stuck. Maybe even chuck a spade into the boot, that’ll help clear some snow.


2) Car maintenance

If you don’t have winter tyres or chains – like our friends from across the pond – make sure that your normal ones are fully inflated and that you have at least 3mm tread.

Antifreeze is an essential part of your car’s winter protection. Your car contains a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Many service stations will check this mixture free, or you can buy a tester to check for yourself at home.


3) Gentle pedals

When driving in snow, the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) says it’s important to get your speed right.

If you go too fast you could lose control but if you drive too slowly you risk losing momentum. Make sure to brake, steer and accelerate as gently as possible.

Make sure your stopping distance allows time for you to react, and are increased for the snow and ice you are driving through.


4) Second gear

The higher the gear, the better control you will have, says the IAM.

Consider starting gently in second gear, avoid higher revs.


5) Breakdown assistance

At Discount Insurance, we know you want cover that gives you good protection and problems get sorted with your car, particularly in bad weather!


So give us a call on 0800 294 4522 to find out how we can help.