Driving in snowy conditions
28th February 2018
With snowfall sweeping across the south east of England, dubbed the Beast from the East, we’ve put together a check list of what to carry in your car, should you have to travel:
Driving in snow and ice
1. Set off in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid any wheel-spin.
2. Avoid having to stop part way up by waiting until it is clear of other cars or by leaving plenty of room with the car in front. Keep a constant speed, choosing the most suitable gear well in advance to avoid having to change down on the hill.
3. Reduce your speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes. Leave as much room as possible between you and the car in front.
4. Choose a suitable gear (generally second or third) when going up hills in icy conditions.
5. Remember your stopping distance. On snow and ice, you require a ten times greater distance in which to stop than in dry conditions.