Tips: Stay safe in the Spring snow

Summer is on its way… But in the meantime we have gales and even snow to deal with.

Luckily, LeasePlan UK has come up with a master plan to keep you and your family safe and sound, whatever the weather.

  1. Take your time – When driving in snow avoid high revs, but don’t drive so slowly that you risk losing momentum and becoming stranded
  2. Skidding – If you do get into a skid in snow or ice, it may seem counter-intuitive, but take your feet off the pedals and steer the vehicle to safety. Only use your brakes when it is not possible to steer your way out of trouble
  3. Braking – Triple the normal braking distance and allow enough space to stop slowly, using a low gear earlier than normal and gently applying the brakes
  4. Roads – Try and stay on the main roads, as these are more likely to have been gritted and cleared by a steady flow of traffic
  5. Control – When setting off, using a higher gear will give you more control over the vehicle and in slippery conditions avoid using first gear if possible
  6. Visibility – If you have to drive in heavy snowfall, use dipped headlights or fog lights, but remember to turn them off when conditions improve
  7. Potholes – Potholes are more likely to appear following freezing temperatures and may be difficult to see in snow or flooded areas. Not only can they cause damage to your vehicle, but also temporary loss of control
  8. Fog – Fog can quickly appear causing a sudden loss of visibility. If this happens, it’s important to slow down – but don’t just slam on the brakes as this could cause a collision. Gradually reduce your speed, keep your distance and use fog or dipped headlights until conditions improve
  9. Flood water – During the winter months and into spring, flood waters can appear as a result of heavy rain or melting snow. Wherever possible, avoid driving directly through the deepest water which is normally near the kerb. Take your time, avoid sudden acceleration and test your brakes a few times before you increase your speed again
  10. Be prepared – It may seem a little extreme to carry an emergency kit with you, but winter weather can be unpredictable. Pack for every eventuality and ensure you have the following:
  • Phone charger
  • Warning triangle
  • Spade
  • Winter boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Hi-visibility vest
  • De-icer and a scraper
  • A shovel
  • A tow rope
  • A torch
  • Food and drink



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