Driving in winter can be treacherous. As a driver it is imperative that you ensure both you and your car are safe on the roads during this difficult time – and that means being prepared.

Wintertime brings with it a range of adverse climate and road conditions. Many of us will be used to travelling in icy, wet or windy conditions but you should never underestimate Mother Nature when making your preparations.

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Check the news

Weather reports and news stations provide you with vital information about local weather and road conditions. So if you are unsure about making a journey, always check your local weather site or watch the daily weather report before setting out in your vehicle.

Learning how to drive in snow is also important, especially as weather conditions can change suddenly when you’re on the road. Here at Avis we provide additional winter driving services with our car hire options, including snow tyres and chains, to put you in the best possible position for driving.

Monitor the situation

As stated above, the weather can change drastically and this will naturally affect driving conditions. Make sure you monitor the situation as you drive and act accordingly. If you are worried about the weather then pull over at a convenient point. Difficult conditions could leave you stranded or put yourself and other road users at risk so think before you act.

Reduce your speed

It is always safer not to drive when road conditions are bad but if must travel make sure you do so slowly and safely. Many roads become icy and slippery during winter if not properly gritted so remember your braking will need to be adjusted. Avoid any sudden adjustments in speed or change of direction and keep the revs high but gear low when pulling away on unstable surfaces.

Make yourself visible

Visibility is important at all times but especially when driving in poor winter weather. Make sure that your lights and windscreen are completely clear of snow and remove any thick snow cover from your roof too. Failure to do so could see it fall when your car is transit and this can distract other drivers, especially if it hits their vehicle.

Avis provide rental cars that are equipped for the toughest of weather conditions. For more information visit the Avis UK website.

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5 Responses to “Driving in winter”

  1. Limousine Melourne Says:

    Wow..!! It would be amazing experience. I enjoyed this post and now I want to hire a car for my next trip…

  2. Louise Says:

    Very good tips Claire, well written, you do have to so careful driving in bad weather conditions.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Great post i completely agree. I came across a post/eBook that was created by GEM the other day. Defo worth a look – http://www.motoringassist.com/winter-driving/

  4. Peter Moran Says:

    This is a good article.

    If travelling to Germany with an Avis Hire Car from another country Snow Tyres are a must as they are a requirement there over the winter months.

    If you are in an accident and it is found that a lack of snow tyres was a contributory factor the driver can expect trouble from the insurance company and possibly face prosecution.

    Avis are the only car hire company I have yet come across who have the option to select snow tyres on their reservation page…..well done!

  5. Aetiyuel Williams Says:

    Great post!! Looking forward to have my first car hire and this is such an article that is being helpful to make decision.
    Many thanx..

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