Driving Safely In The Snow


21st of December, 2010 Bookmark and Share
Driving in the snow is a hazardous business and in the current climate it is important that we all know how to drive safely in the snow. Failure to understand driving conditions could me an expensive insurance claim, a trip down to your local accident and emergency unit and probably a visit to the Used Car Dealer.
Apart from ensuring your car is fully prepared for winter driving you should also know how to handle your car when the snow hits. The Institute of advanced motorists recommends you should plan your journey. You should aim to stay on the busier main roads that are likely to be gritted. It’s common sense; don’t take the short cut as you know it will be the one road the gritter has not been down. If you do have to drive on a motorway try and drive in the clearest lane and stay within the tracks of the car in front of you.
When starting your car in the morning, the key thing to remember is to avoid high revs and set of slowly. Try and maintain a constant speed that puts plenty of space between you and the car in front and remember to take your foot off the pedals if you start to skid. The correct way to get out of a skid situation is to take your foot off the accelerator, don’t brake and steer out of the skid. It’s recommended that you only use the brake if you cannot steer the car out of trouble.
Also think about your visibility to other drivers and pedestrians. In falling snow used dipped headlights. This will help pedestrians who are forced to walk on the road see you, whilst avoiding dazzling other road users. During the night try and follow other cars rear lights for extra visibility but keep well back to avoid the nasty crashes. Triple your stopping distances and remember ABS in very slippery conditions will not give you the same control in dry conditions, be prepared to take control.
Oliver
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