Winter Driving Myths Busted

Let’s separate the motoring facts from fiction to help you keep moving during the winter. Winter driving myths busted article to find out more…

Winter Driving Myths Busted

As winter sets in, it makes sense to go through some extra checks

Clearing your windscreen

Never pour hot water on a frozen windscreen; it will probably make the glass crack. Instead, fit a frost cover to it the night before.

Tyre pressures

Reducing the pressure of your tyres does not increase traction in icy weather. In fact, it could make things dangerous.

Opening frozen windows

You can damage electric window motors, trim and even the glass by trying to force open frozen windows. De-icer is the key but consider using a Night Before De-Icer.

Wiper blades

When your wiper blades are worn, do not soak them in vinegar: just replace them with new ones!

Clear snow

The police can fine you if your car’s roof is covered in snow so clear your car thoroughly before setting off.

Winter tyres

Winter tyres are not just for icy conditions – they are better than all-season tyres whenever the temperature gets below 7 degrees Celsius. The rubber is specially adapted for the cold and the tread pattern shifts water quicker, so you can grip wet roads better.

Rear-wheel drive

You don’t need to rule out driving your rear-wheel-drive car in the snow and ice. Snow chains or snow socks on the drive wheels can significantly boost traction.

Don’t dazzle

Driving with your lights on full beam won’t help in snowfall. Fog lamps can be used when visibility is reduced, but a dipped beam is usually sufficient to see and be seen. Don’t dazzle other drivers.

Disconnecting the battery

Disconnecting the battery when the car is standing in the cold could do more harm than good as the alarm and computer memory requires some power. There’s no solution to stop batteries losing some charge in the cold, but you could keep yours topped up with a trickle charger.

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