Drivers have been advised not to drive unless absolutely necessary as icy conditions grip the UK roads. Even experienced drivers may find it difficult to navigate what have been described as treacherous conditions. If you do have to drive then we’ve come up with a few tips that will help you along the way.
1. If you can, keep to main roads and motorways as these are more likely to have been gritted. Remember – ice and frost will last longer in shaded areas
2. Always keep de-icer and a scraper in your car. Remember to clear the full windscreen and not just the area in front of the steering wheel.
3. If the road is really slippery then try starting your car in second gear. Release the clutch and accelerate gently to avoid wheel spin. Drive in higher gears to reduce spinning.
4. Always take care when driving in low temperatures, even if the road does not appear icy. Remember, wet-looking patches may be ice rather than water.
5. Icy conditions can increase your stopping distance by up to ten times. Therefore you should leave plenty of space between your car and the vehicle in front.
6. Keep your speed well below 45 miles per hour (mph) on icy roads. If necessary you should drive even slower to reduce the chance of skidding on the ice.
7. Remember, it’s illegal to drive with snow on the roof and windows of your car. Therefore, make sure your car is completely clear of snow before you set off.
8. Finally, stay safe, take plenty of time and keep focused.
We have thousands of used cars for sale that are well suited for the British winter. Our top 7 cars for winter driving are:
BMW 3 Series Touring estate
The BMW 3 Series is one of the best selling cars in the UK. Couple this with a larger boot and what you’ve got is a fantastic car with a great deal of practicality.
Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV
The sheer traction and grip provided by its huge and wide tyres really makes winter driving in this car almost effortless.
Audi TT coupe
You might be surprised to see a sports car on our list. However, the TT along with its Quattro four-wheel-drive system makes it less of an effort to keep control in hazardous conditions
Suzuki Swift hatchback
If you’ve not got the budget for a fancy Range Rover then the Swift is as good an alternative as any to help stay on the road in inclement weather.
If you opt for the top of the range trim then the Vitara comes with four-wheel drive as standard. Therefore, this car should really help you in wintry conditions.
You don’t always need to opt for a four-wheel drive in order to battle the UK’s wintery conditions. In fact, the Peugeot 2008 has a sophisticated traction control system that has settings specifically for icy conditions.
What the Qashqai gives you an elevated driving position and excellent reliability. Combine this with the optional four-wheel drive system and what you have is a car that’s well equipped to tackle a long British winter.