Driving in the Snow

Driving in the snow poses several challenges for drivers.  There are some tips you can follow to prepare yourself for winter driving.

Prior to leaving your home, be sure to check and make sure your tyres are inflated properly, your car battery is fully charged, you have a full tank of petrol and that all of your car windows are clear of snow and ice.  If you find that your locks are frozen, WD-40 will help unfreeze the locks.  You always want to keep a blanket and warm clothing in your car.

You need to keep your speeds down when driving in the snow.  You don’t want to drive at speeds that are too slow though since this can cause you to lose momentum if needed.  When stopped at a traffic light or stop sign, step on the gas gently to avoid skidding.  Be sure to leave a couple of car lengths from the car in front of you so you can stop gently if needed.

You may need or want to change your usual motorways, depending on their conditions, so that you drive on the ones that are salted or sanded. Less traveled roads are usually not plowed or treated.  If the snow is falling hard, use your fog lights so that other cars can see you.

One important aspect about driving in the snow is if you happen to have your driving test scheduled during a snow storm.  If the storm is too bad, most likely your test will be rescheduled.  However, if the roads are clear and salted, you will most likely have the test.  It is important to remember that even though the main roads are clear, many driving tests require you to travel on country roads so all precautions must be taken.

Driving Tests In the Snow

Unfortunately any sight of snow usually means the driving test being called off. If this happens you should ring your local test centre. The chief examiner will usually only give you an answer 1-2 hours prior to the test. So if your test is at 11:00am then try calling around 9:00-10:00am and you should get a straight answer. If you call any earlier they will probably ask you to call nearer the time or find out at the test centre. All tests that are cancelled due to snow and ice will automatically be rebooked by the DSA. Unfortunately you will probably go to the end of the line. At Peak Driving School we do offer earlier tests, so if you need one and your a Peak Driver – then let us know and we can help you.

Lastly, it’s always a good idea to have a few driving lessons in the snow. Our Driving Instructor’s will help you understand how to control the vehicle safely in the snow. Obviously stopping distances massively increase, up to 10 times, so practicing the emergency stop in safe areas to demonstrate how long it takes to stop in the snow can help you in the future when it snows. If your looking for driving lessons in Milton Keynes or driving lessons in Leighton Buzzard then we can help you with driving lessons in the snow. Peak Driving School also covers other areas, so if your interested – please call us for more info.