Scuff N Scratch Solutions provide a guide to mastering the roads
Just as one cold weather spell is over the UK is set to experience more artic conditions, with temperatures in some parts of the country predicted to plummet as low as -11 degrees, making driving conditions particularly hazardous. Snow and ice can drastically affect how a car handles and grips to the road and reduced visibility can increase the chances of an accident.
Rob Clark, founder of Scuff N Scratch Solutions has revealed his top tips for driving safely in the snow and ice, so you can still get about whatever the weather.
If you do have to venture out in hazardous conditions pack a bag of supplies that’ll help you out in tricky situations, including a shovel, warm blanket, ice scraper and some grit. Check your tyre tread depths too and make sure you have at least 3mm of tread on them, more if possible, to cope with the slippery conditions.
- Keep your distance
When driving in the snow and ice it takes a lot longer to come to a stop – ten times as long on an icy road compared to a dry one. A good general rule is to be 20 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you; if they suddenly stop you can too in good time.
- Be smooth
Adjust your driving style to avoid any sudden applications of the accelerator, breaks or steering; everything becomes much more sensitive in the snow and ice. Abrupt changes will cause tyres to lose the little grip they have, and could lead to wheel spin or skidding. Try using second gear to gain grip when pulling away.
- Avoid the slip N slide
If you do find yourself sliding – avoid the brakes! This will only prolong the skid. It is best to take your foot off the accelerator to allow the speed to drop by itself and straighten the steering for a moment to allow the tyres to regain grip.
- See and be seen
Give your car plenty of time to warm up before setting off and clear any snow or ice from your windows and lights- not doing so can be seen as a traffic offence by the police. When driving ensure your headlights are on so other cars will see you in good time. Remember, you mustn’t use your fog lamps unless the visibility is very poor as these will dazzle other road users.
If you’ve been involved in a minor crash, bump or been on the receiving end of car park damage, repairing bodywork through a local and trusted bodyshop instead of making a claim on your insurance policy will keep your premiums down and protect your no claims bonus.
Scuff N Scratch Solutions, based in Denbigh Hall Milton Keynes, are an independent car bodywork repair and alloy wheel refurbishment company.
For further information about Scuff N Scratch Solutions and its diverse range of services, visit: www.scuffnscratchsolutions.co.uk or call 01908 377217.