Driving in snow this winter 2017-18.

Yes, it’s that time of year again with the white stuff falling and in some parts laying. So are you ready for the worst the winter weather has to offer?

If it’s snowing, it’s best to be prepared. The first and most important question is whether your journey is really necessary. Ideally, leave the roads to those who really need to be travelling on them.

If you must drive, then ideally plan your journey using main roads. These roads are more likely to have been gritted and cleared by the local authorities. In this instance, it will be better to stick with the traffic than take a chance on untreated back roads, and it means you will be easier for any recovery vehicle to get to you if you should break down or have an accident in the conditions.

With snow often comes ice! Firstly you will need to drive gently, keeping your speed down, braking early and lightly. Often drivers have a problem pulling away from a standstill as it is easy to make the wheels of the car spin when on snow or ice. In a car with a manual gearbox, you can use second gear to increase traction. Revving an engine hard means you’re sending lots of power to the driving wheels, and using a higher gear means lower revs, which won’t overwhelm the tyres so easily.

Once you’re moving, it’s best to maintain your momentum, as coming to a stop could mean struggling to get moving again. Don’t go too fast or you could easily lose control. Keep further back from the car in front. Look and plan as far ahead as possible so that you are prepared to slow down with plenty of space and time if the traffic in front slows.

Only travel if you need to. Think about your route. Keep your speed down. Plan early to enable you to keep going or stop without heavy braking. Consider what gears will give you the most grip.

Keep safe.