November 11, 2019
Driving over the Winter months can be challenging for two key reasons. Firstly, driving on wet surfaces or in icy and snowy conditions leads to reduced traction. This can result in loss of control of your vehicle and your steering ability. Reduced visibility is another problem, often caused by the wind, rain, fog and snow.
However, you can adapt your driving in line with these changes for safer driving this Winter. Take a look at some of our top tips…
When driving in the ice and snow, keep your speed down and allow much greater stopping distances.
When driving around corners, make sure you have slowed down to a safe speed before you approach the corner and only accelerate when you’ve straightened up.
Avoid harsh braking
Harsh braking in icy or snowy conditions will make your car skid so this should be avoided. Instead, brake gently and then progressively increase the pressure applied to the pedal.
Before you drive, use de-icer or a windscreen scraper to remove ice from all of your windows, rear-view mirrors and headlights. Don’t use warm water to get rid of ice as it can cause surfaces to crack. Make sure you remove snow off the roof of your car so that it doesn’t fall down onto your windscreen in the event of your car suddenly braking.
Make sure you carry a pair of sunglasses in your Land Rover to wear when driving in wintery conditions. This will help to reduce the glare from the low sun, as well as minimising the glare produced from wet, icy surfaces.
Additionally, when driving in poor visibility, headlights should be on the dipped or low-beam setting.
Land Rover technology
Traction Control is available in all new Land Rovers. It diverts drive power to the wheels with the most traction.
Selected models also come with the latest technology including Hill Descent Control, Terrain Response technology and All-Terrain Progress Control. These features help make driving in ice or snow and on slippery surfaces safer and easier.
Winter tyres and snow chains
If you live an isolated area or in an area that’s susceptible to heavier snow fall, you can purchase winter tyres which have a bigger tread depth of up to 9mm. Winter tyres are more equipped to driving in ice and snow.
Or, if you’re planning on driving your Land Rover in a country where conditions are colder and the snow is particularly deep, fit your wheels with snow chains to improve the steering and brake control.
Stay up to date with travel and weather updates
Before committing to a long journey during Winter, make sure you’re regularly checking travel and weather updates prior to your trip. When you’re on the road, tune into updates too.
Always prioritise safe driving; if ice and snow conditions mean that it is not safe for you to travel, don’t drive and put yourself and others at risk.
Preparing your Land Rover for Winter driving
When you’re going on longer journeys this Winter, make sure that you stay safe and you take extra care when driving. Take a look at our guide for preparing your 4×4 for driving over the Winter months.
Get your Land Rover serviced today
If you have a Land Rover, it’s a good idea to get it checked over and serviced in the build-up to Christmas. At Broadfields, we will be delighted to service your vehicle, which includes a safety check so you can drive this Winter with the knowledge that your Land Rover is in great condition.
Visit our Dunmow garage or call us on 01371 872 940 for more information or advice.