.As we brace ourselves for potentially more snow in the coming weeks it is essential that you make sure your car is ready equipped for the hazards of driving in the snow.
Simple things like checking your tyres tread can all be beneficial in making sure you are safe when driving in such conditions. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm but it is recommended that it needs to be around 3mm in order to be as safe as possible when driving. Mud & Snow tyres can always be looked into to further enhance your driving experience in such conditions. Use our tyre request system to see if we have any in stock.
Another great tip is to make sure you remove all of the ice on your windows and mirrors before setting off on your drive, this includes snow and ice sitting on top of your roof, this could potentially fall off and obscure your vision. In reference to section 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is a legal requirement to have a clear view of the road ahead before you set off.
It is paramount when driving in snowy/icy conditions to allow a much greater stopping distance between vehicles and to also be alert for pedestrians who are braving the cold. Driving in a higher gear whenever it is possible also helps you to retain controls of your car where the road surfaces are much more worse.
Furthermore, accelerating and braking too quickly more often than not turns into a disaster for many drivers when travelling in bad weather conditions. Make sure you take it slow and avoid overtaking when possible. Ice you come across black ice, slowly take your foot off the accelerator and straighten up as your vehicle rides it out, DO NOT instantly use your brakes and lose control.
Finally, make sure that you don’t take shortcuts, try your best to stick to main roads that have already been gritted. Make sure your oil is stopped up and any other consumables such as fuel in case the worst happens and you become stranded or lost. Make sure you stay safe and alert when driving in the snow.
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