Car in Snow

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:

  • Powerful torch with spare batteries
  • Reflective triangle (and consider distress flares if you drive in remote rural or mountainous areas)
  • First aid kit
  • Ice scraper
  • De-icer spray
  • Window cleaner spray
  • Warm clothing, gloves and blankets
  • Bottled water
  • Jump leads
  • Snow shovel
  • Tow rope
  • Some large blocks of chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, camping-shop high energy and non-perishable food
  • Sacks or old carpet to place beneath your wheels if you get stuck
  • Mobile phone

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.

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