In Snow & Ice

  • Clear your windows, mirrors and lights before you set out – do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass
  • Ensure your vehicle is clear of snow including the roof
  • Have sunglasses in the car
  • Visibility may be reduced. However, do not hang on to the tail lights of the vehicle in front of you
  • Use your dipped headlights and fog lights
  • Manoeuvre gently, too much steering is bad
  • Slow down and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front
  • When you slow down, use your brakes gently so that the brake lights warn drivers behind you
  • Avoid harsh braking and acceleration
  • Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends
  • If your car has rear wheel drive the addition of extra weight in the boot will help your wheels to grip
  • Be careful on compacted snow – it may have turned to ice
  • Watch out for black ice especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees, under or on bridges and adjacent to high walls