Winter Driving

By A Yorkshire Bloke

The British winter is unpredictable so make sure you are prepared! Snow and winter weather conditions can massively affect our daily routine, here’s a list of some of our favourite and most useful winter driving tips that could hopefully make the struggle of driving in winter weather a bit less stressful.

Top Tips

  • Allow yourself extra time before a journey to fully de-ice your windscreen.

  • Clean your windscreen inside and out for maximum visibility.

  • Pre plan your journey and stick to main roads when possible as they are more likely to be cleared and gritted which should help you avoid getting caught up in bad weather conditions.

  • Stay alert and look further ahead than usual so you can break with enough time if needed as stopping distances increase considerably in icy conditions.

  • If you need to use your fog lights remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t dazzle other drivers or obscure your break lights.

  • If you drive an automatic check your vehicle handbook, as some cars come with a winter driving mode.

  • Make sure your tyres have at least 3mm of tread for the winter. You could also consider buying winter tyres or all-season tyres which are made from special rubber, which provide a better grip in cold, wet conditions.

  • Winter conditions can take a toll on your car so make sure to do regular checks of your vehicles condition one thing you can do to help is add antifreeze to your radiator and a winter additive to your windscreen wiper fluid to prevent any liquids from freezing and causing damage.

  • Replace broken or worn windscreen wipers.

  • Driving up hill – leave plenty of room or if you can wait until its clear so you don’t have to stop on the hill, keep a constant speed and avoid changing gear if possible.

  • Driving down hill – Slow down before you reach the hill, use a low gear and try not to be harsh on the brakes as this can result in the wheels skidding.

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Citroen C5 Aircross 1.5 BLUEHDI 130 FLAIR 5DR

Citroen C5 Aircross 1.5 BLUEHDI 130 FLAIR 5DR

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Peugeot 3008 Estate 1.2 PURETECH GT LINE PREMIUM 5DR

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New Land Rover Defender coming soon 2020

New Land Rover Defender coming soon 2020

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