Here's some tips for driving in the snow that may help you navigate icy roads:
- Do not drive unless visibility is good enough to see the next snow pole on the edge of the road. In poor visibility situations, drive with your headlights on.
- Travel slowly on snow or ice, braking gently and early. Avoid braking when cornering.
- Keep well behind the vehicle in front, at least twice the normal distance.
- A little methylated spirits in the windscreen washer bottle will prevent water freezing overnight.
- Change coolant and increase the amount of anti-freeze, particularly if vehicle will be left parked overnight in alpine areas.
- Check all tyres have good tread, including the spare. Bald tyres and icy roads are a combination waiting for a crash.
- Loose snow chains can cause severe damage to bodywork, suspension or brake lines. Always re-check tension after driving vehicle 20 metres.
- Keep skis and stocks on the roof - try to avoid having loose items in the cabin of the vehicle.
- Keep some comfortable clothing in your car for your trip home. Don't drive in damp or wet foot wear - driving in your socks is better than driving in heavy wet shoes