Tips for Driving in Snow Guide + Video

Tips for driving safely and useful items to keep in your car when driving in the snow.

Tips for Driving in Snow

The British weather consists mostly of rain, so it’s unsurprising we can't handle the snow when it comes our way! Even though it's better to stay inside during heavy snowfall, this guide will show you what to do in case you absolutely have to make a journey.


Before driving in the snow

If you really have to get somewhere, make sure you take these things with you:


Between these items, you can keep yourself warm, safe and on the move. It's important to check the forecast regularly too, as this can help you plan what you're going to do next. Let someone know where you're headed in case of an emergency and wipe down your windows, roof, lights and registration plates before you set off.


How to drive in the snow Safely


There are a couple things you should be mindful of if travelling in icy conditions -

  • Pull off in second gear, easing off the clutch gently
  • Keep movements smooth and try to maintain a constant speed
  • Don't turn or brake too sharply - this may cause you to skid
  • If you do skid, take your feet off the pedals and steer your way out
  • Stopping distances are ten times as long in snow, so leave plenty of room
  • Begin to brake well in advance
  • When trying to mount a hill, wait until it’s clear of other cars. This is so you don’t have to start or stop halfway up
  • When coming down a hill, use a low gear and take it very slow. Leave a lot of space in between you and other cars
  • Don't rush! It's better to be late than in an accident

How to drive uphill in snow


When trying to mount a hill, wait until it's clear of other cars. This is so you don't have to start or stop halfway up When coming down a hill, use a low gear and take it very slow. Leave a lot of space in between you and other cars Don't rush! It's better to be late than in an accident


How to an automatic car in snow


The same rules apply when driving an automatic car in snow. Drive slowly and avoid braking sharply. Because automatic cars don't have gears you can have less control on slippery surfaces. Take it easy and be mindful of controlling the power to the wheels so you can avoid skidding. Some automatic cars do come with some extra features that allow you to change to a higher or lower gear. This will help you have more grip on snowy roads so it's a good idea to know what options your car has before you set out out.


Get geared up for driving in snow with Halfords


At Halfords we have plenty of gear to help you get through the winter safely, including snow shovels, ice scrapers and snow grips. Grab something today online or in-store!

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