The UK has had its fair share of rain and snow already this year, and it’s important to be prepared for more. The cold weather makes the roads more slippery than usual, meaning there are more driving hazards to be aware of.
With more cold weather on the way, here are 9 tips for driving your Suzuki car in the snow over the coming weeks and months to help you feel confident in any conditions.
Only drive if you have to
The best way to stay safe when there’s snow on the roads is to avoid the roads altogether. Of course, it’s not always possible to avoid driving completely, but it’s a good idea to stay home when you can. See if you can work from home and stock up on groceries in advance if you know a snow storm is on the way. That way, you can avoid driving in the snow unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Clear your car
Driving with snow on your car could be illegal. Make sure you remove any snow from your vehicle, de-ice your windscreen and clear the inside of the windscreen before setting off to ensure you have full visibility.
Take your time
Black ice is one of the biggest hazards when driving in the snow. Even if you think the road is clear, take your time and proceed with caution. Black ice is often undetectable from the driver’s seat and can be found anywhere on the road, but it’s especially common at intersections. Brake and accelerate firmly but not forcibly - and in plenty of time - to avoid sliding.
Know how to handle hills
When driving uphill in the snow, try to maintain a slow but constant speed until you reach the top. When going downhill, don’t go too quickly and use a low gear.
Steer into skids
If your car begins to slip or skid at any point, don’t try to fight it. Steer into the skid until you have regained full control of the vehicle and can move on safely.
Only stop if you have to
When you stop, it can be difficult to get the car going again, so only do so when you have to. When you’re ready to get going again, it may be easier to start your Suzuki in second gear if there’s snow on the ground.
Leave extra space
As well as allowing extra time to complete your journey, you’ll want to leave extra space while driving. Keep your distance from other vehicles to avoid a collision if one car begins sliding. Depending on the driving conditions, you may want to leave as much as ten times the normal space between you and the car in front.
Make use of the Suzuki ABS
If you Suzuki comes with an Anti-Lock Braking System, press down firmly on the brake if your car begins to skid. Keep your foot in control of the brake until you have avoided any hazards.
Avoid using cruise control
Cruise control may be one of the features that makes driving your Suzuki more enjoyable, but now is not the time to use it. Slippery roads and icy conditions call for the driver to be in full control, and that means easing off the cruise control for a while.