Tips for driving in bad weather conditions
The cold finally seems to have taken over across Ireland and the 'Beast from the East' is on it's way. Extra precaution must be taken when driving in these severe weather conditions such as rain, snow and ice.To prevent risks, we have to adapt our car and our driving habits to the adverse effects of bad weather and low temperatures
Tips for driving in snow and icy conditions
- Firstly, make sure that your car is roadworthy before setting off. Check there’s no snow on your car, check windscreen wipers and make sure you have enough petrol, oil and water, particularly ahead of long journeys
- Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer. De-mist the inside of your windows thoroughly and make sure you can see! Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.
- Check tyres, including spare wheel, and replace them if the tread depth falls below 3mm. Check that tyres are inflated to the correct tyre pressure.
- In icy or snowy conditions you should drive smoothly and be ready for the unexpected; refrain from excessively turning the steering wheel and brake in a straight line with the necessary force. Manouvere gently, slow down and leave extra distance for you and the vehicle in front.
- Watch out for black ice, especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.
- If you skid, reduce acceleration and gears to stop gradually.