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How to approach winter driving (spoiler: you need a car GPS)

winter driving

If you are lucky enough to reside in a climate that is warm all-year round, you can comfortably click the back button. For everyone else, it’s time to read on.

Winter driving isn’t something to be sniffed at. Sure, there might be a mild form of amusement at watching certain cars try with no avail to combat a big hill, but the top and bottom of this subject is that it is a dangerous game.

Bearing this in mind, we have penned today’s article. Let’s now look at some of the key steps you should take to approach winter driving.

Arm yourself with a car GPS

First and foremost, the roads are hardly predictable when it comes to winter. This is when a car GPS is absolutely essential.

Once upon a time you might have been able to rely on a map. Now, it’s just too difficult. Using a GPS device, it becomes easy to find out if a road is struggling with traffic, or if it is closed completely. Not only is it going to cut your journey times down, but it might stop you from getting lost. When there’s snow falling, this is something that you will appreciate more than ever before.

What sort of tyres do you have?

Another big question is to analyse the tyres on your vehicle. If the area you reside in receives a high amount of snow, it might be worth considering winter tyres. In short, these are tyres which have much bigger treads than the normal options. This means that snow can become lodged in the treads, and ultimately grip onto the snow on the road. The days of skidding and sliding are long gone.

At the same time, not everyone needs winter tyres. If just a small amount of snow tends to fall in your area, normal tyres will tend to suffice. Some cars are better at handling this than others, but if you do go down this route just make sure that you have plenty of tread remaining on your tyres to deal with the snow.

Pack for the worst case scenario

Finally, it’s not just about the technicalities of your vehicle. Unfortunately, nightmares can occur on the road, and one of the biggest ones involves cars being stranded. In other words, the road becomes so blocked with snow, that people just give up and sleep overnight there.

This happens on a surprising amount of equations and suffice to say, you need to be prepared. It’s not possible to have the heater on through the night, for obvious reasons. Ultimately, you need to pack plenty of clothes and blankets – with some people going as far as having a pair of pyjamas and a flask for a hot drink.

Aside from clothes, also consider packing a shovel and first aid kit, with the latter potentially helping to dig your car out of tricky situations, while the first aid kit does what it says on the tin.