Tips for Driving this Winter 2022

In this revised guide, we will be listing the most important things you should consider when driving this winter. With this advice from The AA, you'll be prepared no matter the weather.

Preparing to drive in snow and icy conditions:

When the weather turns to snow and ice, you would make sure that you allow extra time for your journey. This will make sure that you have time to de-ice your car, check for road closures and allow for more commuting time so if there are delays, you won't be in a rush. When de-icing your car, make sure to clear all windows so you have the exact same visibility as you would in normal conditions. If you drive an automatic, check your vehicle handbook to see if your car had a winter mode. 

With harsh weather comes reduced visibility so check that all of your lights are working as intended and that the lenses are clean for the best brightness. Use your fog lights when vision is seriously reduced, but also keep in mind not to dazzle oncoming vehicles by turning them off when needed.

The AA recommend at least 3mm of tread for the winter, assuring of maximum grip. Do NOT let air out of your tyres for more grip, it's unsafe, not the intended use, or tested by the tyre manufacturer.

Consider purchasing winter tyres or all-season tyres. ​

What to carry with you for winter driving:

Ice scraper
De-icer Torch and spare batteries
First aid kit
Warm clothes, waterproofs and high-vis jackets
Sturdy footwear
Hot drinks and snacks
Jump leads
Warning triangles

Driving safely in snow and icy conditions:

When you are actually driving, there are a few tips to make your journeys more seemless and safer. Pulling away in second gear and easing your foot off the clutch gently will reduce wheel spin on icy roads, particularly useful at roundabouts. When driving uphill, leave pleanty of room to the vehicle ahead so you don't have to stop half way up. If you do, it could prove difficult to set off again. Make sure to use the previous tip to avoid wheelspin. Driving downhill is similar - use a low gear and leave pleanty of space. Try to avoid harsh braking in particularly icy conditions as you may lock up.

Should the worst happen and you get stuck in snow or ice, the first thing to do is straighten the wheels and clear any snow from around your wheels. Grip mats are particularly handy to get your car free, you can also use an old rug or sack instead.

For more information on how to keep safe whilst driving this winter, click here.