On the road
- Learning how to drive in snow often comes down to common sense. Even with the best winter tyres, you will need to allow for longer braking distances than you would on dry roads. So, keep a big distance between you and the car in front (up to 10x the normal distance recommended) and allow plenty of time to stop and steer.
- Avoid situations where you may end up wheel spinning as this could result in you getting stuck. Accelerate gently, using low revs and change up to a higher gear as soon as possible. Pulling off in second gear can also help to reduce wheel spin.
- Everything should be done smoothly and slowly – braking, steering, accelerating and even changing gear.
- If you have them, make sure you use your daytime running lights so it’s easier for other drivers to see you in the snow. This is mandatory is some European countries and recommended in others. Please check the local laws.
- If you’re following other vehicles on an ungritted road, it is better to drive on the fresh snow, rather than on their wheel tracks. The compacted snow will be icier than the fresh snow.
- If you skid, gently steer into the direction of the skid. If the back slides to the right, steer to the right. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and do not be tempted to slam on the brakes.