Driving safely in the snow!

It’s that time of year again when the cold weather sets in! Throughout the month of December through until February we’re regularly notified in the news that the cold snap is on its way. Today is no exception and today in Gloucester we’ve spotted the headline ‘Gloucestershire weather: snow expected to sweep across the country on Sunday’.

Since we don’t get snow that often in the UK we often go into panic mode and dread having to go out and about. Here’s a few tips that might help you feel more prepared before setting off on your car journey (for a more in-depth guide to driving safely in adverse weather conditions visit the GOV.UK website):

If you don’t feel confident to drive in the snow ask somebody else to do so that is. It’s also worth questioning if your journey is essential and only travel if it’s necessary.

  • Make sure that you have full visibility. Clear snow and ice from windows, make sure your mirrors are clear and wipe down your lights.
  • Allow plenty of time for your journey. Drivers are generally more cautious so it will take longer to get from A to B. In addition roads might be closed so it’s best to listen to up-to-date traffic bulletins so that you can plan your route.
  • Leave plenty of space between your car and the one in front. Stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads
  • Pack an emergency kit! Be prepared. Keep food, drink, a torch and extra clothing in the car, a good pair of boots and a shovel, in case you get stranded.

During winter it’s best to have a vehicle check to make sure your car is prepared for the colder weather. Contact us on 01452 504828. We can check your levels, tyre tread and anything else that should be assessed to give you confidence to drive in these conditions.