7 tips for driving in the snow

7 tips for driving in the snow

1. Fog lights should be your primary light source as they are lower to the road and will greatly assist visibility. If your car isn't fitted with those, drive with your headlights on low beam and don't use your high beams as they don't work in high mist locations.

Be sure to check that all your headlights, brake lights, fog lights and indicators are in perfect working order prior to leaving home.


2. Drive slowly and smoothly. Icy roads are volatile and any sudden jolt to your speed or steering can dramatically alter your circumstances. Observe the speed limits on the mountain and ensure all your driving actions are smooth and deliberate.


3. Remember, in wet & icy conditions your car will take a lot longer to slow down and come to a stop. Leave a bigger distance than you normally would between the car in front of you.

7 Tips For Driving In The Snow

4. Make sure you carry chains and adhere to mountain directions on when to fit these.

It's a good idea to practise putting these on and off before you start. Also a good idea to keep a spare towel and torch on hand for when you have to put them on!.

It's imperative that you use chains that have been designed specifically for your motor vehicle and that you only apply them to driving wheels.

Note, not all cars (or tyre sizes) are able to have chains fitted. Check with your vehicle manufacturer for suitability - your car owner's manual should generally outline instructions on how to fit snow chains.

Always call the rental shops at your resort destination to check availability.


5. Check your car battery and fuel before leaving. Icy conditions can cause battery failure, particularly if your battery is a few years old. Alpine fuel will be needed if you're staying on the mountain and it is likely to get cold.

7 Tips For Driving In The Snow

6. Remove all snow from your car before driving home. You want to avoid any possibility of large chunks of snow or ice flying off your car and causing serious issues for cars trailing you. The snow could also slide down onto your windscreen and momentarily obstruct your view.


7. Secure all snow clothing and equipment. The last thing you want while trying to focus and maintain traction with the road is the sliding of snow gear and equipment throughout your car cabin or slipping off the roof.

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