Heavy snow can make life difficult for drivers. For vehicle safety it’s important to bear some pointers in mind before heading out into the snow.
Unless it’s an emergency, avoid travelling in severe weather conditions.
Carry an emergency kit in the car. Ice scraper, de-icer and a warning triangle are essential. If it is likely to snow or is snowing – take a spade.
An important aspect of vehicle safety is keeping your distance. Stopping distances is ten times more in the snows.
Drive carefully with gentle turns when driving in ice and snow. When pulling away, use second gear to avoid wheel spin.
Drive in high gears – but, to brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently.
If you start to skid, ease off the accelerator but do not brake suddenly.
If you get stuck in the snow, never sit in a sealed car with the engine still running – this could leading to inhalation of carbon monoxide fumes.
These points are essential to vehicle safety in snow.