SNOW has blanketed the north this morning and another two inches is on the way as temperatures are expected to drop to -8C.
With yellow warnings for ice, snow and hail and a wintry arctic air sweeping in, driving conditions can be difficult.
Here Seb Goldin, CEO of RED driving school shared some top tips to ensure you drive safely as the UK is hit by the white stuff.
Invest in all-season tires
All-season car tires combine the best properties of summer and winter tires into an all-round performance tire.
By investing in them early on, you can avoid the hassle and expense of switching between summer and winter tires.
If you live in a part of the country that is particularly prone to harsh weather and slippery conditions, we recommend using Michelin CrossClimate tires.
Allow enough time for your trip and make sure your car engine is preheated before boarding.
Make sure you have thoroughly de-iced the vehicle and you can see clearly through all windows in your vehicle before driving.
If there is a layer of snow or ice on the roof, make sure you clear as much as possible before starting your journey.
Road experience aside, no one has the ability to drive at speed on an icy road – it’s just not possible.
High speeds can make your vehicle difficult to control and even more difficult to stop.
Only ride on ice if your journey requires it – it’s best to stay off the roads in treacherous weather.
Shift up a gear
If you have no choice but to drive on icy surfaces (and especially to pull away on ice) it may be beneficial to drive in a higher gear as it can help your tires grip the ice.
Give him space
In snow and ice, braking distances can be up to 10 times longer than usual, so leave a wide gap between vehicles in front and drive slowly.
If traffic slows in front of you, apply the brakes carefully as hard braking can cause you to lose control.
Stay calm in a skid
If your car starts to skid, step on the clutch and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
As you begin to straighten up, drive down the street.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8582545/driving-expert-advice-travelling-snow/ I’m a driving expert and people always forget this advice when driving in the snow