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    Driving in Snow

    When driving in snow, gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving. Use all of the car’s controls - accelerator, brakes, clutch and steering - as gently (and progressively) as possible. Stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow, so here are some more tips on safe driving:

    ●Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid a wheel-spin.

    ●Try to maintain a constant speed.

    ●To avoid having to change gear while climbing a hill, choose the most suitable gear in advance.

    ●To prevent skidding, choose third or fourth gear when driving downhill.
    Always apply your brakes gently. Release them and de-clutch if the car skids.

    What else should I do?
    Always:

    ●Ask yourself: is my journey really necessary?

    ●Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive.

    ●Make sure that your car is well-maintained.

    ●Plan your route carefully.

    ●Check the latest weather forecast.

    ●Keep a full petrol tank (during a bad snow storm it may be necessary to turn back or change routes).

    ●Keep your windscreen and windows clear. Keep an ice-scraper handy, and use the car defroster or a clean cloth to keep the windows free of mist.

    What does gritting the roads do?

    If the roads have not been gritted, the first fall of snow is very dangerous. Once gritted, there should be enough grip for careful driving. However, when snow becomes compacted and refrozen overnight then the greatest care must be taken. Ungritted roads will become impassable by most vehicles and even gritted surfaces can remain extremely slippery.

    What should I wear?

    Wear comfortable, dry shoes; snow-covered boots are liable to slip on the pedals, and can be cumbersome.

    What should I have with me?

    Carry an ice-scraper, de-icer, hot flask, food, blanket and (as part of your breakdown kit) a warning triangle and torch. Membership of a breakdown service is also advised. Also, pack some spare clothes and your mobile phone. It’s a good idea to pre-load your phone with relevant numbers, such as those of local emergency services.

    What if I get stuck?
    Whatever you do, don't continue to spin your wheels; you'll just find yourself in a deeper rut. Instead:

    ●Straighten the steering.

    ●If possible, pour sand, salt or gravel around the drive wheels to give them something to grab onto and improve traction.

    ●Put a sack or old rug/carpet in front of the driving wheels - again to give the tyres some grip.

    ●To clear a pathway, shovel snow away from the wheels and out from under the car.

    ●To prevent piled up snow from falling onto your windscreen and obscuring your view, clear snow from the roof as well as from windows.


    What if my vehicle skids?

    Don't use the brakes. Ease off the accelerator and steer slightly into the direction of the skid until you gain control. Turn with steady motions.

    What if I drive an automatic car?

    Under normal driving conditions (motorways, etc.) it’s best to select ‘Drive’ and let the gearbox do the work through the full gear range. In slippery snowy conditions, select ‘2’ to make driving much safer by limiting the gear changes and making you less reliant on the brakes. Many modern automatics have a ‘Winter’ mode which locks out first gear to reduce the risk of wheel spin.

    Some final tips...

    ●Keep to main roads as they are more likely to be gritted and will be patrolled by police.

    ●Never let other speeding drivers lull you into a false sense of security.

    ●Only drive as fast as conditions allow.

    ●Don’t try to overtake.

    ●If local conditions are particularly bad, be prepared to wait a little longer for assistance from the breakdown organisations, as cases have to be prioritised.

    >>> Driving in Snow - Consumer guides from BreakdownCover.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksparrow2010 View Post
    Driving in Snow

    When driving in snow, gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving. Use all of the car’s controls - accelerator, brakes, clutch and steering - as gently (and progressively) as possible. Stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow, so here are some more tips on safe driving:

    ●Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid a wheel-spin.

    ●Try to maintain a constant speed.

    ●To avoid having to change gear while climbing a hill, choose the most suitable gear in advance.

    ●To prevent skidding, choose third or fourth gear when driving downhill.
    Always apply your brakes gently. Release them and de-clutch if the car skids.

    What else should I do?
    Always:

    ●Ask yourself: is my journey really necessary?

    ●Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive.

    ●Make sure that your car is well-maintained.

    ●Plan your route carefully.

    ●Check the latest weather forecast.

    ●Keep a full petrol tank (during a bad snow storm it may be necessary to turn back or change routes).

    ●Keep your windscreen and windows clear. Keep an ice-scraper handy, and use the car defroster or a clean cloth to keep the windows free of mist.

    What does gritting the roads do?

    If the roads have not been gritted, the first fall of snow is very dangerous. Once gritted, there should be enough grip for careful driving. However, when snow becomes compacted and refrozen overnight then the greatest care must be taken. Ungritted roads will become impassable by most vehicles and even gritted surfaces can remain extremely slippery.

    What should I wear?

    Wear comfortable, dry shoes; snow-covered boots are liable to slip on the pedals, and can be cumbersome.

    What should I have with me?

    Carry an ice-scraper, de-icer, hot flask, food, blanket and (as part of your breakdown kit) a warning triangle and torch. Membership of a breakdown service is also advised. Also, pack some spare clothes and your mobile phone. It’s a good idea to pre-load your phone with relevant numbers, such as those of local emergency services.

    What if I get stuck?
    Whatever you do, don't continue to spin your wheels; you'll just find yourself in a deeper rut. Instead:

    ●Straighten the steering.

    ●If possible, pour sand, salt or gravel around the drive wheels to give them something to grab onto and improve traction.

    ●Put a sack or old rug/carpet in front of the driving wheels - again to give the tyres some grip.

    ●To clear a pathway, shovel snow away from the wheels and out from under the car.

    ●To prevent piled up snow from falling onto your windscreen and obscuring your view, clear snow from the roof as well as from windows.


    What if my vehicle skids?

    Don't use the brakes. Ease off the accelerator and steer slightly into the direction of the skid until you gain control. Turn with steady motions.

    What if I drive an automatic car?

    Under normal driving conditions (motorways, etc.) it’s best to select ‘Drive’ and let the gearbox do the work through the full gear range. In slippery snowy conditions, select ‘2’ to make driving much safer by limiting the gear changes and making you less reliant on the brakes. Many modern automatics have a ‘Winter’ mode which locks out first gear to reduce the risk of wheel spin.

    Some final tips...

    ●Keep to main roads as they are more likely to be gritted and will be patrolled by police.

    ●Never let other speeding drivers lull you into a false sense of security.

    ●Only drive as fast as conditions allow.

    ●Don’t try to overtake.

    ●If local conditions are particularly bad, be prepared to wait a little longer for assistance from the breakdown organisations, as cases have to be prioritised.

    >>> Driving in Snow - Consumer guides from BreakdownCover.co.uk

    Captain J...
    a typical post from you jack...thinking about others ...well done mate.

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    Jaysus Captain J is going to be that bad fecking snow .
    Thanks for the advice :doc
    Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
    People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do .: doc

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksparrow2010 View Post
    Driving in Snow

    When driving in snow, gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving. Use all of the car’s controls - accelerator, brakes, clutch and steering - as gently (and progressively) as possible. Stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow, so here are some more tips on safe driving:

    ●Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid a wheel-spin.

    ●Try to maintain a constant speed.

    ●To avoid having to change gear while climbing a hill, choose the most suitable gear in advance.

    ●To prevent skidding, choose third or fourth gear when driving downhill.
    Always apply your brakes gently. Release them and de-clutch if the car skids.

    What else should I do?
    Always:

    ●Ask yourself: is my journey really necessary?

    ●Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive.

    ●Make sure that your car is well-maintained.

    ●Plan your route carefully.

    ●Check the latest weather forecast.

    ●Keep a full petrol tank (during a bad snow storm it may be necessary to turn back or change routes).

    ●Keep your windscreen and windows clear. Keep an ice-scraper handy, and use the car defroster or a clean cloth to keep the windows free of mist.

    What does gritting the roads do?

    If the roads have not been gritted, the first fall of snow is very dangerous. Once gritted, there should be enough grip for careful driving. However, when snow becomes compacted and refrozen overnight then the greatest care must be taken. Ungritted roads will become impassable by most vehicles and even gritted surfaces can remain extremely slippery.

    What should I wear?

    Wear comfortable, dry shoes; snow-covered boots are liable to slip on the pedals, and can be cumbersome.

    What should I have with me?

    Carry an ice-scraper, de-icer, hot flask, food, blanket and (as part of your breakdown kit) a warning triangle and torch. Membership of a breakdown service is also advised. Also, pack some spare clothes and your mobile phone. It’s a good idea to pre-load your phone with relevant numbers, such as those of local emergency services.

    What if I get stuck?
    Whatever you do, don't continue to spin your wheels; you'll just find yourself in a deeper rut. Instead:

    ●Straighten the steering.

    ●If possible, pour sand, salt or gravel around the drive wheels to give them something to grab onto and improve traction.

    ●Put a sack or old rug/carpet in front of the driving wheels - again to give the tyres some grip.

    ●To clear a pathway, shovel snow away from the wheels and out from under the car.

    ●To prevent piled up snow from falling onto your windscreen and obscuring your view, clear snow from the roof as well as from windows.


    What if my vehicle skids?

    Don't use the brakes. Ease off the accelerator and steer slightly into the direction of the skid until you gain control. Turn with steady motions.

    What if I drive an automatic car?

    Under normal driving conditions (motorways, etc.) it’s best to select ‘Drive’ and let the gearbox do the work through the full gear range. In slippery snowy conditions, select ‘2’ to make driving much safer by limiting the gear changes and making you less reliant on the brakes. Many modern automatics have a ‘Winter’ mode which locks out first gear to reduce the risk of wheel spin.

    Some final tips...

    ●Keep to main roads as they are more likely to be gritted and will be patrolled by police.

    ●Never let other speeding drivers lull you into a false sense of security.

    ●Only drive as fast as conditions allow.

    ●Don’t try to overtake.

    ●If local conditions are particularly bad, be prepared to wait a little longer for assistance from the breakdown organisations, as cases have to be prioritised.

    >>> Driving in Snow - Consumer guides from BreakdownCover.co.uk

    Captain J...
    Ah me arse .... put your foot down and smile... and get out of my way. Five years living in Stockholm taught me a lot about snow driving. I splashed out and bought snow tyres and a 4x4! I love pulling Range Rovers out of ditches!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeynut View Post
    Ah me arse .... put your foot down and smile... and get out of my way. Five years living in Stockholm taught me a lot about snow driving. I splashed out and bought snow tyres and a 4x4! I love pulling Range Rovers out of ditches!!!!
    yeah but you have 85 years driving...we are just learning.

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    Driving in snow makes things more interesting not as boring

    But good advice, could have done with it last week before I wrecked the suspension on my car by wacking into a curb but hey shit happens....

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    very good advice captain


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    Quote Originally Posted by hornylimerick View Post
    Driving in snow makes things more interesting not as boring

    But good advice, could have done with it last week before I wrecked the suspension on my car by wacking into a curb but hey shit happens....
    deal with it ..lol

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    Must give a copy to the chauffeur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benin View Post
    a typical post from you jack...thinking about others ...well done mate.
    yes I hope people will read it as its important!... and I would advise everyone but espically the ladies dont risk a unecessary journey.. it isint worth it... its better to arrive late than never so if you have to drive... drive safe but if you can avoid it please dont risk it!...

    p.s I know its not bad bad snow ... but you still cant take it for granted...

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