Whether you are a driver that has recently passed, or an
experienced driver, travelling in the snow can greatly affect
the way you need to drive the car and also how your car behaves.
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pair of traction tracks vehicle escaper. Helps with the vehicle traction when
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AA Emergency Snow Shovel
and compact and comes with a handy pouch so you can easily store in the boot of
your car. The AA Emergency Snow Shovel has an easy grip handle and a solid steel
blade. Also ideal for outdoor excursions"
Regardless of whether your car has the best braking system
available, it is often not the car brakes that will cause an
accident in such conditions, but the lack of grip between the
road surface and the tyres. This is fairly apparent,
nevertheless many people believe that their vehicle is safer to
driver in snow as it is high-performance or has the latest
stability control technology, which may not be the case.
The cornering ability of the car is almost non-existent, and it
may feel like you can not control the vehicle and might slide
sideways slightly. It is essential to remain focused and refrain
from any sudden braking, sharp acceleration, and travelling at
high speeds. Be aware of what is around you and allow plenty of
time to react to any situation, such as moving traffic. Before
reaching the turn, ensure that you have slowed down long before
taking the corner, and also make certain that you do so in a
straight line so that you avoid loss of control.
pulling away from a stand-still; try and do so a higher gear
such as in second as opposed to first. This will limit the
degree of wheel spin you could encounter. Likewise, whilst
travelling, drive in as high a gear as possible to also limit
A remarkable point to make is that most
drivers, however experienced they are at driving in typical
conditions, will in fact have driven fewer miles in the snow
than they will have in normal driving conditions when they were
learning to drive. This shows the amount of drivers on the road
that may be unproven drivers in snow.
When braking, avoid
any sudden slowing down as this will cause the car to skid if
you are on ice or snow. Should you find yourself skidding,
release your foot from the brake and reapply (you may remember
this from your driving lessons, although with ABS technology
doing this for you in the dry, this may not have been the case).
Additionally, you can also use the gears to help slow down the
vehicle somewhat. Change to a lower gear carefully and allow the
engine help the car lessen its speed.
Although there is a
lot to consider when driving in the snow, it is also highly
important that you bear in mind that other drivers may not be
experienced in the snow. Consequently, do not assume that other
drivers are going to do something; in other words, expect the
unexpected. One example would be to assume that a driver is
going to stop and give way whilst you are manoeuvring around a
roundabout, although this may not occur if the driver has not
applied their brakes early enough.
Importantly, before setting off on your journey, consider the
- Do you have to take the journey, and if you
do can it wait until the roads are clear?
- Do you have a
mobile phone with you in case of an emergency?
- Have you
informed someone of where you are going?
- Have you checked
that your destination is accessible by road?
- Do you have a
blanket or appropriate clothing in case you become stranded in
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