Winter Driving Tips
Driving in winter can sometimes be a daunting experience especially if your car is quite old and or not suied to conditions like snow or ice.
A few simple tips are make sure you have cleared all of the snow and ice from your windscreen, rear windscreen, mirrors and side windows and do not forget your front headlights,indicators and brake lights. Always drive with your lights on, drive slower, leave a lot more space between you and the car in front and engage in lower gears than you normally would do. This will also help with making you drive slower as you will hear the engine reving louder.
Make sure you have a full service of your car in the autmumn
Probably osunds like a simple thing to do but ensuring your car is fully serviced before the winter season starts is a good ideas. Depending on where you live in the UK it could be a good idea to change over your tyres to winter tyres. Ensure you have topped up the de-icer in your windscreen washer fluid and have a ice scraper and snow chains, just in case
prior to driving I have also heard of tips like putting a blanket over your engine to ensure it will start but we hav also heard of stories of some people forgetting to remove the blanket and then a small fire starting
Things to bring with you
Bring with you supplies, just incase you get stuck, but this really depends on where you are driving and how remote you may be.
But one of the best tips I have heard of is carry a bag of cat litter in your boot (no brands recommended here). This serves two purposes:
1) it provides a bit of extra weight in your boot or at the rear of your car for extra traction with the rear wheels, especially helpful if you have rear wheel drive.
2) It can be used as a gritty surface material that can be scattered over the snow or ice to help you get traction.
but a bag of salt could possible do the same trick but if you do not have a cat it even better.
Choose a low gear
Some drivers try to drive in the highest gear possible to try to help with fuel savings but in winter you need to do the opposite, engage in a lower gear and this will help you with traction and control.
Master the art of reverse steering, to maintain direction and with your cars back-end sliding about and around you will need to steer in the reverse direction to what you would normally think to help the car go in a forward direction, this again will help with traction.
3) Know what you want before you go to the dealer
Extreme Winter Weather
I suppose it goes with out saying but in times of extreme weather conditions only drive if you absolutely must. Cars are not designed to drive on ice even with all the latest traction controls and devices.