Over the last couple of weeks, the temperatures have started to plummet, which has led to frosty conditions and even snow in some parts of the country. Driving in the snow and frost can be tricky and should be avoided whenever possible, but if you do need to venture out, here are some of the Bodyshop, Essex’s top tips.
1. Use your lights
As soon as the snow starts to fall, your headlights should be on. Ensure you keep your dipped beam headlamps on to make yourself more visible to other road users. Don’t use your fog lamps unless visibility is significantly reduced (to below 100m) as these can dazzle other road users. Your main beam setting should only be used as you normally would, as the reflections of snowy or icy roads can glare for other motorists.
2. Remember to keep your distance
It can take up to ten times as long to stop when the roads are icy, so it’s vital that you keep a good distance between you and the car in front. As a rule of thumb, you should be about 20 seconds behind the car ahead of you to allow you enough time to react and stop should you need to.
3. Adapt your driving style
Try to ensure your steering, acceleration and braking are as smooth and gentle as possible. Any quick changes to your vehicle’s speed or momentum could cause you to lose grip on an icy road. Ease your foot slowly from the clutch when pulling away, keeping the engine revs as low as you can. Changing gear early when accelerating and late when decelerating will also help to keep engine revs low, which will reduce the risk of wheelspin.
4. What to do if you skid
Gently test your brakes and steering every now and again when it safe to do so, to get an idea of how slippery the road is. It’s also a good idea to keep the volume of your car radio low, as the sound of snow or ice under your tyres can be a good indicator of how slippery the road is. If your car does begin to skid, you should gently take your foot off the accelerator and allow the speed to drop while you regain control. Try not to use your brakes as this will only cause you to brake for longer. If you start to spin, you should steer into the direction of the spin to try and straighten up.
If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident in the snow or ice, our garage in Essex can provide you with expert car repairs and car restoration. We also offer car recovery if your vehicle is undrivable, or we can collect and deliver your vehicle free of charge for repairs. Get in touch with our Ilford garage today on 020 8500 9228 for more information about our accident repairs Essex.