Although we are temporarily closed and in lockdown there are still many reasons why you might find yourself having to drive and if it snows or there is black ice, we want to be able to help you stay safe on the road. So here is some great winter driving advice!
Firstly, driving in the snow is completely different to any other conditions. So take it slow, you should know to slow down when it rains, but in the snow you should slow down even further as skidding is much more likely.
With snow and ice covering your car, the first thing you should do before setting off is clear every window. Don’t be tempted to just clear a peep hole – all round visibility is vital.
When the weather is poor, you should also make sure you’re visible to others. Check all your lights before you set off – it only takes a minute!
Be prepared, this could help if you were to find yourself stranded. Consider packing a survival kit, with helpful items such as a high-visibility jacket, warm clothes, blanket, food & snacks, a flask of tea/coffee and a power bank to charge mobile phones. Even consider a shovel for clearing snow, while a piece of old carpet or a rug can be great for placing under tyres to get some grip to pull you out of a tight spot.
Despite all of this, the best advice is not to drive at all. Sometimes it’s vital but if you can avoid getting behind the wheel then you should.
If you can’t avoid the journey and if you’re a new driver or inexperienced in poor weather, it could be worth asking a more experienced friend or family member to drive instead.
If you are nervous driving in ice and snow or want to learn how to drive better in adverse conditions then a skid control course will give you all the skills you need to control, contain and avoid skidding.
When lockdown is over why not get in touch and see if we can help you stay in control. You will also have great fun learning skid control on our specialist skidpan. It’s a safe controlled environment and there is no risk of damage to your car, as you use our cars! Even more reasons to learn…..
Stay Home, Stay Safe and then come and see us soon.