SNOW and ice can make driving a real challenge for drivers.
There is a risk of skidding and slipping on ice, not to mention vision problems. Here are the top tips for driving in the snow.
How should you prepare for safe snow skiing?
Before heading out into the snow, plan your trip carefully and keep up to date with local weather reports.
- Allow more time than you normally would and make sure everyone snow is clear from your vehicle.
- It really is against the law driving with snow on your car.
- Carry a lock deicer to clean your locks.
- Make sure all automatic wiper controls are off before turning on the ignition.
- If they are frozen to the screen, the control fuse will blow.
- check your Tires for sufficient profile so the grip is sufficient. If the conditions are very bad, you should consider using it snow socks or chains.
- use one good screen wash which protects down to at least -35 ° C to prevent the water from freezing.
Using the accelerator and brakes gently and slowing down, especially on rural or unpaved roads, can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey.
How do you drive safely in snow and ice?
Ben Aldous, 2019 RAC Patrol of the Year said: “Windshields should be completely clear of ice and snow before driving off so that visibility is not impaired.
“Drivers who start peering through a fogged up or poorly cleaned windshield are putting their lives at risk.”
Start with smooth acceleration, drive at low revs and shift into a higher gear as quickly as possible.
Start off in second gear to reduce wheel slip.
Keep a safe braking distance between you and the car in front.
When approaching a corner, brake before you turn, and if the car loses traction, don’t panic and let the wheels turn in the direction you want to go.
If the visibility drops below 100 m, turn on your fog lights. However, remember to turn them off when visibility improves.
If the road has not been gritted, be careful not to drive into tire tracks or other vehicles as compressed snow is likely to be icier than fresh snow.
How do you fog up your windshield?
A clear windshield is essential for visibility at all times, especially when snowflakes are falling.
Fog and haze can affect your ability to see through the windshield on a snowy day.
With a clever climate control system, these functions are automatically adjusted to achieve the best results.
But if you don’t have air conditioning or air conditioning, you’ll have to clear the fog manually.
Turn on your car and cold start your heater.
Then slowly increase the temperature so that the car is not filled with hot, wet air.
Use the air conditioning if you have this feature as this will prevent condensation.
Never drive away until your windshield is clear.
What to do if your car slides on ice?
It can be scary when your car slides on ice.
But it’s best not to panic as there are simple steps you can take to stop the slipping.
It is important not to step on the brakes when skidding as this could cause your car to spin out of control.
If your front wheels start to slip, take your foot off the accelerator and slow the vehicle.
If you still do not have your vehicle under control after a few seconds, apply the brake lightly.
If your rear wheels are causing the skid, gently rotate your wheel in the direction you are skidding while taking your foot off the accelerator, but don’t brake.
In general, the key to ending the slide is to gradually slow down.
What is the best equipment in the snow?
the RAC tells you to pull away in second gear as this helps reduce wheel slip.
When shifting gears, drivers should keep a safe distance from the cars ahead.
Use a low gear for going downhill and try to avoid braking unless necessary, the RAC says.
Controls such as the brakes, as well as the steering, accelerator pedal and even changing gears should be operated smoothly and slowly.
What speed should I drive in the snow?
When drive in the snowyou should keep your speed low.
You should also allow more time to stop and steer.
If you drive with snow chains fitted, you should not drive faster than 50 km/h.
More driving tips for the cold months
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/362193/drive-snow-ice-safely/ How to drive safely in snow and ice – The Irish Sun