Whilst there’s a good chance your motorhome will be safely stored away for the winter, you’ll no doubt still be making trips in your everyday car, getting to and from work, enduring the trials of the school run, and driving for leisure purposes whenever you have some free time. This is fine until the weather takes a turn for the worse, and you find yourself having to drive in snowy conditions. The recent events caused by the Beast from the East, along with the subsequent snow showers from storm Emma, have made driving treacherous in certain parts of the country.
Obviously, the best advice in these types of conditions is to avoid driving altogether to prevent the risk of accidents, incidents and putting yourself in danger. If you do have to make a journey though, we think it’s sensible to take the following course of action.
Give yourself extra time
Always give yourself extra time in snowy conditions as you will need to drive more slowly and there’s a good chance the traffic on the route you are planning will be heavy, so you’ll need more time to cover the distance.
Plan journeys ahead
Check the route you intend to travel on and try to stick to major roads which are more likely to be clear and will be safer to travel on. Avoid using smaller minor roads if at all possible for fear of getting stuck on untreated surfaces.
Wear the right clothing
Dress in warm clothing inside the car and wear comfortable shoes with a good grip that won’t slip off the clutch or the brake pedal when they are applied. It’s better to layer up and remove clothes if necessary should you get too warm.
Have spare clothes in the car and take supplies along
Pack a warm coat, gloves, hat and scarves, also keep a spare blanket in the car just in case you break down and need to keep warm in an emergency. It’s also good advice to pack for the worst and have an emergency pack inside your vehicle including the following items:
- Snow shovel
- Flask of hot drink
- Ice scraper
- Phone charger
- Jump leads
- First aid kit
- Warning triangle
- Two small squares of carpet to place under the drive wheels if you get stuck
Drive to the conditions
Extra care should be taken when driving in the snow to avoid slipping, skidding and a loss of control. As well as reducing your speed, maintain a steady momentum and consider the following.
- Gently accelerate using low revs and change to a higher gear as quickly as possible
- Try setting off in second gear to avoid spinning the wheels
- Maintain a steady speed and a safe stopping distance
- Leave plenty of room to the car in front to give yourself more time to stop
- Use low gears for going downhill and avoid braking unless you have to
- Brake before a bend not as you are turning into it
- If you start to skid, steer gently into it and don’t panic, take your hands off the steering wheel, or frantically hit the brakes
Driving in the snow is a little intimidating but with due care, attention, and by taking sensible advice, you can greatly reduce the chances of putting yourself in danger and navigate a safe and successful route.
Of course, if you do happen to drive your motorhome in tricky weather conditions and have any type of accident in it, we’d be more than happy to repair the damage for you here at DMR Motorhome Body Repair Specialists.
Simply contact us today to discuss any type of motorhome, campervan or caravan repairs, or call to speak to us in person on 01302 711 377.