Weather warnings have been issued across the UK today as snow is expected to fall in many parts of the country. As such drivers have been told to prepare for the worst, but what are some of the best tips for driving in icy and snowy conditions? Late last year, we asked all of you for your advice for winter driving and here were your top tips.
1. Check your route and allow more time for your journey. Are there any roads on your journey that have been closed or are likely to be slow moving due to traffic?
2. Check weather information and keep up to date with changing conditions. Do you know what the weather is going to be like at you final destination? During the winter months sudden changes in temperature can have dramatic effects of the weather causing fog and other dangerous driving conditions.
3. Check your tread depth. You may want to consider introducing a temporary minimum tread depth of 5mm for the duration of the adverse weather or possibly switch to winter tyres.
4. Check your kit. In addition to your normal kit for winter driving you should have in your cab:
5. Ensure your entire vehicle (especially mirrors, windscreen and lights) is clear of any ice or snow before setting off. This will help your own visibility, but also other road user’s ability to see you.
6. Avoid any harsh braking, and on icy roads using the engine brake or retarder. To prevent your wheels locking up be mindful of your braking and avoid using the engine brake or retarder.
7. Slow down, keep your distance and don’t travel as a pack. Be aware that other drivers may not be as confident on the road, so be mindful when driving in traffic. Try to avoid when possible driving grouped up with other vehicles.
8. When possible avoid stopping on the side of the road. In low visibility situations, when driving in winter, especially ‘blinding snow’, other vehicles may mistake your position on the side of the road for being on the road and as a result, drive into the back of your trailer.
9. Keep fuel tanks topped up. The more weight you are able to add to your vehicle, more traction you will get on the road. Keeping your fuel tank topped up will help achieve this and also give you plenty of fuel should you encounter any delays.
10. Be ready for icy roads. Unlike snow, ice is often invisible (particularly at night). If you feel your steering start to go light, you may be driving on ice so avoid making any sudden turns.
So those are our top tips from you, for driving in snowy and icy conditions. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.