How to drive in winter
Winter presents a different and sometimes hazardous set of driving conditions - low visibility, snow and ice can all impact your driving, so follow our tips to stay safe...
Your car is now in tip-top condition, you've got all your emergency kit and you've even decided to go for winter tyres. There's just one more thing to do before heading out on the road: check the weather forecast. If it's bad and the journey you're about to make isn't crucial, stay off the roads. There is no point in taking unnecessary risks.
Websites like and the can give you an accurate forecast for the next few days, helping you to plan your journeys.
If you have to drive, here are a few things you can do to stay safe:
Clear the windows
Scrape any ice from the glass (or use a de-icer), demist the interior and don't drive off until you have good visibility all round and the fan is blowing out hot air to stop mist building up again. Also remove any snow from the roof of the car. Under braking, that snow could fall forward and obstruct your view of the road.
Give everyone space
Stopping distances are increased in bad weather. So make sure that you leave a larger gap than you would in optimal driving conditions.
Avoid sudden braking and acceleration
Keep your car as controlled as possible and give other drivers more time to react to changes in speed.
Click through to the next page for the final part of our ultimate winter driving guide