Here’s what to do if your car gets stuck in the snow

As the Met Offices issues weather warnings across the UK, we reveal top tips for driving in the snow

Here's what to do if your car gets stuck in the snow

As the ‘Beast from the East’ hits the UK, temperatures are expected to plummet as low as those within the Arctic Circle with motorists warned not to travel unless it’s strictly necessary.

Traffic officers are already reporting weather-related crashes across the country.

Forecasters are expecting this week to be the coldest spell in five years – with heavy snow due to arrive later in the week.

“Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers,” said a Met Office spokesperson. “Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely. There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts are likely and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

10 tips for driving in the snow

Here's what to do if your car gets stuck in the snow

  1. Be smooth. Sudden steering or pedal inputs could result in a loss of traction.
  2. Travel slowly. This will mean you can stop quicker if necessary.
  3. Use higher gears when setting off and keep engine revs low. Drop to a lower gear when slowing down or descending hills.
  4. Look far ahead, leaving a gap between your car and other vehicles. This will give you lots of time to react to obstacles.
  5. Brake ahead of a corner, and if you do experience a skid, steer into it.
  6. Use dipped headlights and switch your foglights on if visibility drops below 100m. Turn them off once visibility improves.
  7. Clear your car of snow before moving. Not just the windows, but also the roof.
  8. Check your tyres. Worn tyres will provide less grip in snow. Consider winter tyres if you regularly drive in cold temperatures.
  9. Be cautious of black ice. Just because the road looks clear, it doesn’t mean you won’t skid.
  10. Four-wheel drive will help you keep moving, but won’t necessarily help you stop any quicker.

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Andrew Brady
Web editor at MR. Drives a 2005 Toyota MR2. Has a penchant for the peculiar.


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