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I hate driving in the snow

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so if there snow tomorrow morning when i go to work i wont want to drive, any one got any tips for me please? Thanks Read More
julie 2 Avatar
8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
so if there snow tomorrow morning when i go to work i wont want to drive, any one got any tips for me please?
Thanks
julie 2 Avatar
8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
ski..
#2
Don't lol
Nah use your gears to slow down
#3
I'm sure though if you live a certain distance away and the snow is heavy you don't have to go in I could be wrong though x
#4
drive slow!!!
1 Like #6
Don't, unless you have to. Too many people assume that they are amazing drivers and can do magic things, but you can't if you don't have traction. Fact is that it is often better not to bother than damage somebody else's car, along with your own.

Actual tips, if you MUST drive?

Decent tyres (too late now....)
Slow, consistant, do everything sooner, view the road further ahead, plan sooner, act sooner, be very aware of other people being silly around you.
If you have ABS you retain steering during braking, if not, expect to release and brake constantly otherwise you will lose the capability of steering.
If you have ESP, it might be very useful or useless in different situations, be prepared to turn it on and off.
If you lose traction on snow, skidding can help to build up a mound of snow infront of your tyre and help to brake.
High gear when pulling away, use your engine to brake.
Avoid any gradients, remember if you stop on a hill you might not get going again.
Take warm clothes and be prepared to be stuck.
You can let a few psi of pressure out of your tyres which helps in some types of ground and snow, otherwise high pressure helps (lol).

Of course if you're taking the kids to school in the morning in the middle of a town most of this is useless advice!
1 Like #7
Pull away in the highest gear your car will allow - maybe 2nd or 3rd. Move thru gears slowly as well and if you feel yourself skidding, lift feet OFF the pedals - don't try and brake as likely you'll skid. As Angelstar has said, move down the gears to slow yourself down.
#8
Im the same as you, I have never driven in the snow it frightens the hell out of me x I remember years ago my ex husband driving me to work in the snow, took nearly 2 hours and I saw sooo many accidents I swore I would never do it again x

If you can work from home I would, if not don't go in and tell work you will make up the time etc. Im sure you won't be the only one x

All else tell work your car has frozen and wont start and AA have said due to weather conditions it will take at least 5 hours to get to you haha x

If you do drive be careful and good luck your braver than me lol x
#9
pghstochaj
Don't, unless you have to. Too many people assume that they are amazing drivers and can do magic things, but you can't if you don't have traction. Fact is that it is often better not to bother than damage somebody else's car, along with your own.

Actual tips, if you MUST drive?

Decent tyres (too late now....)
Slow, consistant, do everything sooner, view the road further ahead, plan sooner, act sooner, be very aware of other people being silly around you.
If you have ABS you retain steering during braking, if not, expect to release and brake constantly otherwise you will lose the capability of steering.
If you have ESP, it might be very useful or useless in different situations, be prepared to turn it on and off.
If you lose traction on snow, skidding can help to build up a mound of snow infront of your tyre and help to brake.
High gear when pulling away, use your engine to brake.
Avoid any gradients, remember if you stop on a hill you might not get going again.
Take warm clothes and be prepared to be stuck.
You can let a few psi of pressure out of your tyres which helps in some types of ground and snow, otherwise high pressure helps (lol).

Of course if you're taking the kids to school in the morning in the middle of a town most of this is useless advice!


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#10
i wouldnt go to work. ive had so many car accidents in the snow.
#11
melmorc
Pull away in the highest gear your car will allow - maybe 2nd or 3rd. Move thru gears slowly as well and if you feel yourself skidding, lift feet OFF the pedals - don't try and brake as likely you'll skid. As Angelstar has said, move down the gears to slow yourself down.


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#12
happygolucky111
Im the same as you, I have never driven in the snow it frightens the hell out of me x I remember years ago my ex husband driving me to work in the snow, took nearly 2 hours and I saw sooo many accidents I swore I would never do it again x

If you can work from home I would, if not don't go in and tell work you will make up the time etc. Im sure you won't be the only one x

All else tell work your car has frozen and wont start and AA have said due to weather conditions it will take at least 5 hours to get to you haha x

If you do drive be careful and good luck your braver than me lol x


thanks, c what its like in morning:thumbsup:
#13
happygolucky111
Im the same as you, I have never driven in the snow it frightens the hell out of me x I remember years ago my ex husband driving me to work in the snow, took nearly 2 hours and I saw sooo many accidents I swore I would never do it again x

If you can work from home I would, if not don't go in and tell work you will make up the time etc. Im sure you won't be the only one x

All else tell work your car has frozen and wont start and AA have said due to weather conditions it will take at least 5 hours to get to you haha x

If you do drive be careful and good luck your braver than me lol x


The problem is, a lot of people would suggest you are a poor driver if you avoid snow, I would suggest you know the limits of cars and it is not a limit of your driving ability.

I have had experience of driving in the snow but feel I am smart enough to know that cars with UK tyres and snow just doesn't mix well, sadly. I am sure there will be plenty of people saying it is easy you just need to do "x and y", but the number of accidents shows otherwise.
#14
its always over hyped the snow is :?

i always wish for major snow fall when its predicted - but its heartbreaking seeing little mushy coverage.

i hope this time we get loads... just want to make a massive iglo and snowman

im 23 years old by the way lol

:p
#15
Yep I go with the advice to use your gears to slow you as much as you can and if you do start skidding - steer into it

I hate it too but as we don't get the roads gritted here I have no choice - just take your time and don't panic
#16
I love driving in snow, It's so much fun...!!!

As previously mentioned use highest gear possible and use gears to slow down as much as you can, Turn gradually around corners and try not to use brakes unless you have to.

Never panic should you encounter a skid, Instinct tells us to slam the brakes on, You have to fight that urge and apply them gently and turn into the skid.

Keep your distance, Stopping distance can be over 8x the normal stopping distance.

Be confident but not over confident, Laugh at every minor accident you see. Because it was them and not you lol.
#17
pghstochaj
The problem is, a lot of people would suggest you are a poor driver if you avoid snow, I would suggest you know the limits of cars and it is not a limit of your driving ability.

I have had experience of driving in the snow but feel I am smart enough to know that cars with UK tyres and snow just doesn't mix well, sadly. I am sure there will be plenty of people saying it is easy you just need to do "x and y", but the number of accidents shows otherwise.


Agree - it's all very well saying what I would do but if it ever happens............. Hopefully I would be sensible but my other advise is drive at the speed you feel comfortable with, with your car. Many times (espcially in icy weather) I've had some a**ehole right up my backside and I just pull over so they can speed off.
#18
pghstochaj
The problem is, a lot of people would suggest you are a poor driver if you avoid snow, I would suggest you know the limits of cars and it is not a limit of your driving ability.

I have had experience of driving in the snow but feel I am smart enough to know that cars with UK tyres and snow just doesn't mix well, sadly. I am sure there will be plenty of people saying it is easy you just need to do "x and y", but the number of accidents shows otherwise.


That's because some people don't adjust their driving to suit the conditions and think they can just do what they normally do
#19
fireheaven
That's because some people don't adjust their driving to suit the conditions and think they can just do what they normally do


That holds true for some conditions, but with the vast majority of UK cars running summer tyres all year round, the point at which you have next to no traction (and therefore can do nothing) is quite easily met.
#20
pghstochaj
That holds true for some conditions, but with the vast majority of UK cars running summer tyres all year round, the point at which you have next to no traction (and therefore can do nothing) is quite easily met.


Tbh I didn't know you could get winter tyres. I can remember my dad putting the snow chains on just to make sure we went to school
#21
fireheaven
Tbh I didn't know you could get winter tyres. I can remember my dad putting the snow chains on just to make sure we went to school


Well in a lot of Europe it is quite common, in some places it is a legal requirement to drive. They still use snow chains/socks on top of the all weather/winter tyres :)
#22
pghstochaj
Well in a lot of Europe it is quite common, in some places it is a legal requirement to drive. They still use snow chains/socks on top of the all weather/winter tyres :)


Well you learn something new everyday. I suppose if we always got really harsh winters with proper snowfall it would be warranted to buy them
#23
fireheaven
Well you learn something new everyday. I suppose if we always got really harsh winters with proper snowfall it would be warranted to buy them


That's the problem, we don't get it enough to make it a requirement for most people, but you can't shout that at the weather on the odd occasion we do get it.
#24
Ohh I never shout at the weather - just the others drivers skidding sideways towards me
#25
Remove your wheels using the appropriate jack and wrench. place 4 baking trays (sprayed with liberal amounts of olive oil) ensure that each baking tray is level with the ground, accelerate and have a laugh as you aimlessley career around the road, its the same as driving with your tyres on anyway!!!!!!!

My advice, stay in, dont go out and call work and tell them you have a sore froat
#26
intenso100
ski..


that will be fun has anyone actually ever done that lol:giggle:
#27
Yip take away in 2nd or 3rd gear and drive really slow especially in local streets. I had to drive at about 5 MPH (Top speed) out my street this morning it was so deep. My neighbour crashed her car this morning at the end of our street, it's a right off I think. My boyfriend also crashed his car in snow last year, it was the first time he had driven in snow, his car just kept going when he was breaking and he went into the back of someone. Lost his no claims and now his insurance is a fortune, even though the guy didn't have a mark on his car it somehow cost £1183 to fix! I also nearly crashed on the same day. Coming down a hill (slowly) traffic was blocking the junction at the bottom and guess what.....no breaks just the crunching noise of snow, I ws like a mad women tooting my horn hoping someone would leave a gap in traffic and I might stop. Somehow it did stop at the bottom! Close one! There's not a lot you can do if you're car skids, it happens so fast. Sometimes stearing into the it isn't an option if there are other cars around. JUST GO VERY SLOW!

Experience does help but some people still try to drive at normal speeds. Sometimes it takes you to have an accident or a fright to drive at correct speed in snow.

The snow just keeps coming here, I'm in East Kilbride just outside Glasgow about 6 inches and still snowing! Mmmmmmmmmmm...........might not be going to work tomorrow!
#28
When it starts snowing i go out for a drive, even if i don't have too! Today, all the main roads got snowed over, traffic build up, so i took the quiet back roads :-D A turbo is not the best thing to have in these conditions though,, once it kicks in, traction gone. I was thankgul a few times though, of my ABS, giving me steering skidding options :)

Front wheel drive, and put the new Michelins on the back, and the cheapos on the front, an oversteer, whilst more fun, is more difficult to rectify than understeer. Although a hidden pothole nearly took the back.

I even went out in the snow when i was a learner, the more experience ofit the better, and i'm yet to crash in snow, or indeed at all yet :thumbsup:
#29
Did you manage to drive in after ? I read through here but didn't see anything about that.

I had to drive into work today, I HATE driving in snow, I'd rather eat live worms...well maybe not but I'm not a fan at all, one too many bad experiences put me off (no bumps).

One time I drove from Dublin Airport , about an hours drive... it started snowing heavily, anywayI was driving at a steady slowish pace and these lorries kept zooooming past me, I had a seicento at the time so any quick movement and it was making me slide... usually I wouldnt have a problem with that but on this particular road one side had a river/ditch the other side had on coming traffic with no central reservation, so I drove with a stiff neck trying to make sure I maintained a straight line whilst these idiot drivers went past me...
took me about 3.5 hours to get back and when I got out of the car, my now ex threw a snow ball at me... if looks could have killed!

Second lovely time, we were driving from Alicante to Marbella I was a passenger this time, but it started to snow about 3/4 hours before we were due to pass the snowy regions, within about 20/30 min the motorway was thick with snow and the authorities didn't know what to do because it was so rare, so they stopped traffic and told peope to turn around. So we have a motor way with traffic facing the wrong way, to go back so that everyone could come off at the previous junction... they failed to go further back and tell the cars coming towards this area that it was blocked so now we have cars going in both directions.

Then as if that wasn't stupid enough they realised the off ramp was too slippy so everyone had to turn around again. Eventually after about 5 hours I think they got everyone up into this little service station, so now there's 100's of people in this tiny room and no one will let us leave. We ended up being stuck for 27 hours in total I think it was.

So I REALLY REALLY hate snow.

... unless I have ski's on my feel and ski poles in my hands :p!

p.s. this was so pointless but it let out my frustration of how much i dislike this weather so thanks :p

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