Well, with Stephen still on holiday and Eibhlin and Xavier stuck at home, I’m the only one who has managed to beat the snow and make it into the office! (Our Finance Director Mike McEnaney took this picture of his garden to show how it is out his way.) I’m sure everyone is talking about the snow today (perhaps to avoid talking about England’s result last night!). Given the current conditions I’ve done a bit of digging around on the web and found some helpful tips on driving in snow…
• It can take 10 times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road, according to the Highways Agency, so drive slowly, allowing extra room to slow down and stop. Manoeuvre gently, with no harsh braking or acceleration.
• To avoid wheel spin, use the highest gear possible – you can pull away gently in second rather than first.
• To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake gently.
• If you do start to skid, ease off the accelerator but don’t brake suddenly. If your foot is on the brake, ease it off and disengage the clutch.
The Think! road safety site has advice on driving in other hazardous conditions, such as heavy rain and fog. The AA also has a useful checklist on getting your car in shape for winter driving. At Avis we have a ‘Winterisation’ checklist to ensure that the car you rent is safe and ready for the winter weather.
If you have tips for driving in winter, do share them in your comments on this post. You can keep up to date with the latest news on today’s weather conditions on the BBC website.
Please remember to drive carefully, and if there’s more snow to come round your way, perhaps the best driving tip is to leave your car at home if you possibly can, or, even better, stay warm at home yourself! (I must remember that the next time it’s snowing…)