Snow Falls in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Driving in Snow Tips.

Snow has finally arrived in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  So here’s a warning to all drivers to please drive carefully and watch out for black ice. 

Here are some basic pointers from the AA when driving in Ice and Snow on how to stay safe:

Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving – stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.

  • Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving. Cumbersome, snow-covered boots will slip on the pedals.
  • Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.
  • Up hill –  avoid having to stop part way up by waiting until it is clear of other cars or by leaving plenty of room to the car in front. Keep a constant speed, choosing the most suitable gear well in advance to avoid having to change down on the hill.
  • Down hill –  reduce your speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes. Leave as much room as possible between you and the car in front.
  • If you have to use brakes then apply them gently. Release the brakes and de-clutch if the car skids.
  • Automatic transmission – under normal driving conditions (motorways, etc) it’s best to select ‘Drive’ and let the gearbox do the work throughout the full gear range. In slippery, snowy conditions it’s best to select ‘2’, which limits the gear changes and also makes you less reliant on the brakes. Some autos have a ‘Winter’ mode which locks out first gear to reduce the risk of wheel spin. Check the handbook.

If you get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip. Once on the move again, try not to stop until you reach firmer ground.

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2 Responses to Snow Falls in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Driving in Snow Tips.

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  2. Dan Santillo says:

    “Release the brakes and de-clutch if the car skids.” Most modern cars have ABS and the ABS will do this a lot quicker than your foot so if you have ABS, just let the car do it.

    Another tip – when going up hill, wiggle the steering wheel left and right as this will help the wheels grip. (I’ve tried it and it works!)

    And another tip – change up to a higher gear as soon as possible. Fifth gear at 30mph isn’t unreasonable. This will put as little drive to the wheels as possible reducing the chances of losing traction.

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