What you’re doing wrong when driving in the snow…

What do you need to be prepared for when driving in the snow?

Every year, when December comes around, we all start to monitor the weather with far closer attention than usual – because we’re all waiting for it to snow! From December through to February, the chances of snowfall are greaterthan at any other time of year, and whether you’d love for it to be a white Christmas, or you can’t stand the sight of the freezing cold drizzle, one thing is certain; if the temperatures do dramatically drop, driving in the snow will have a big impact on all of us.

Driving in the snow, and in other freezing temperatures can have a big effect on everyone’s driving skills and confidence, and when the roads are icy, when vision is impaired, it can become a far more difficult task than it normally is. Obviously, accidents are far more likely in this type of climate. And while, obviously, your Chipex kit can more than easily take care of any paintwork damage you incur while you’re driving in the snow, it would be good to not get yourself into this situation! And more importantly, it’s important to keep yourself, and everyone else in your car safe.

Important things to remember about driving in snow

  • If you live somewhere where it’s definitely going to snow, and you’re likely to get a lot of it, it might be worth fitting special winter tyres to your car. This will make sure you’re in a steady position on the icy roads, and there’s no chance of you slipping or sliding into danger. If you don’t want to fit a new pair of tyres, at least make sure your current ones have a decent enough tread depth to keep you safe – definitely no less than 2mm.

  • If it has snowed over night, make sure you have removed all snow and ice from your windscreen and windows before you set off. Snow seriously disrupts your vision, and unlike rain water than falls away from your vehicle immediately, it won’t budge from the wipers and the speed of your driving alone! Ensuring it’s removed from every window and mirror will make sure you always have your wits about you.

  • Remove snow from the roof of your car so it doesn’t fall down onto your windscreen; or fall behind you onto someone else’s.

  • Keep an emergency kit in your car – including a torch, a blanket, an ice scraper and a shovel. So if something does go awry, you’ll be well prepared to get yourself out of the situation; or to wait for someone to come to your rescue!

  • Apply antifreeze to your engine. There’s nothing worse than getting into your car ready to set off and simply hearing a squeaking noise when you try to start the engine. If you know snow is on the way, apply antifreeze in advance to make sure this doesn’t happen.

  • Allow plenty of extra time for your journey. If it’s been snowing, roads will be full of cautious drivers as well as obvious hazards, so you should accept you’re not not going to be moving anywhere fast. Trying to speed and rush through the snow and ice will only cause danger to you and fellow road users, so make sure you take this into account when planning your trip.

  • When driving, leave a large gap between you and the vehicle in front of you (around 5 times larger than you ordinarily would) to allow for slow and careful driving and to make sure you have enough room to manoeuvre should any skidding or sliding occur.

  • When you’re driving in the snow, it’s not time for quick movements; every action you take, from changing gear to applying brakes, should be calm and slow. The ice and snow will be trying hard enough to make you fall off course without quick movements helping them along!

If you do find yourself driving in the snow, keep your wits about you and take it slow. And always remember; if any paintwork damage does occur this winter, your Chipex paint touch up kit is always here to help you take care of it!