Top tips for driving in icy weather conditions
- Clear the snow - make sure that the roof and bonnet of your car are clear of snow and that all windows are free of snow/ice. Do this before you start your journey. This ensures that you can see correctly and don’t endanger other road users with snow flying off the roof. Remember that it is a legal requirement to clear the snow from your car.
- Check your lights - before you start, check all lights are in working order to help with visibility and keep other road users informed of your movements. Indicators should be used with more notice than usual to allow drivers to plan road moves. Drivers also need to ensure they drive with appropriate lighting, i.e. dipped headlights in snow and using fog lights if necessary
- Pedal control - accelerating and braking should be as smooth as possible to avoid skidding and lane diversion. Ensure you’re driving at a safe, slow speed and planning your road moves ahead to stay safe. Braking distances are multiplied by ten for icy conditions so if you are travelling at 20mph you should leave a gap of 120 metres rather than the usual 12
- Gear changes - you may need to drive slowly in a higher gear to give more power to the engine and prevent the car from stalling or skidding. This will also improve grip when pulling off in icy conditions
- Beware of black ice - black ice is extremely difficult to identify. When driving in icy conditions be cautious of glossy, wet patches on the road and don’t hit the brakes as this can cause skidding. If you do skid, drivers should steer into the skid direction to counteract the action and set the car straight
- Slow and steady uphill - when driving uphill, do slowly and with plenty of room in front of you so you can drive at a steady speed and avoid having to stop. Apply extra acceleration as you pull off to give you the power you need and reduce as you come back downhill
- Careful on winding roads - make sure to brake before turning to avoid slipping into the bend. If you do slip, avoid braking and ease off the accelerator to slow down
- Tyre grip - check your tyres regularly to ensure they're in good condition. Remember, the minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, however in extreme conditions 4mm is considered more suitable. Please refer to your vehicle handbook to check your tyre pressures are correct.
- Plan ahead - plan your route in advance, checking for road closures and any traffic jams before you travel. Leave plenty of time to travel so you're not rushing, and ensure your tank has at least half a tank of petrol to avoid freezing.
- Pack the boot - it's a good idea to pack your booth with the following winter essentials before setting off on your journey: torch, extra screenwash, de-icer, ice scraper, warm drink or water, warm clothing and footwear
Book your Winter Vehicle Health Check today
It's important to look after yourself and your car, so at Bolton Kia we offer Vehicle Health Checks, to make sure your car stays in top working condition whatever the weather.
Our 25-Point visual vehicle health check includes:
- Fluid Level Checks - engine oil, coolant, screen wash etc.
- Signal Checks - headlights, fog lights, indicators etc.
- Safety Checks - Tyre condition, Tyre pressures etc.
- Operational Checks - horn, batteries, air conditioning etc.
Our Vehicle Health Checks are available for £19.99 at Bolton Kia, this includes a free vehicle pack.
To book your car in for a Vehicle Health Check, call us on 01204 828939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org