Drive Safely in the Snow and Ice

Driving in the winter means changes in the way you drive. Snow, sleet and ice can lead to hazardous road conditions. Prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter season.

  • Make sure your washer bottle is kept full.
  • Clean your headlights regularly as the salt and spray will make them less effective.
  • Carry a shovel in the boot.
  • Make sure you have extra clothes in the car including a good waterproof coat and blankets in case you get stranded.
  • Take some food and a hot drink on long journeys.
  • Make sure you keep your fuel level to at least 1/2 full in case you need to run the engine to keep warm.

Avoid Strain while Shovelling Snow

Taking a few precautions can help you prevent unnecessary pain and suffering.

  • Do not shovel after eating or while smoking
  • Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
  • Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter
  • Push the snow rather than lifting it
  • If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel
  • Lift with your legs, not your back
  • Do not work to the point of exhaustion
  • use salt if possible – it will melt the ice or snow and stop it from refreezing overnight (but don’t use the salt from salting bins as this is used to keep roads clear)
  • don’t use water – it might refreeze and turn to black ice
  • pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways – using more salt may help