Winter Warriors: Navigating Britain's Frosty Roads in Vans
Winter can be a challenging season in Britain, especially for van drivers who have to travel on icy roads. Regardless of whether your van has automatic or manual gears, driving safely during winter is essential.
Essential Winter Checks
It's essential to check the tyre tread depth, antifreeze levels, battery condition, and wiper blades to ensure that your van is in good condition for winter.
It's advisable to pack snow chains, a de-icer, an emergency kit with a flashlight and warm gear, and a sturdy shovel in your van in case of an emergency.
Tackling Snow and Ice
To drive safely on snowy and icy roads, you need to manoeuvre gently by accelerating and braking smoothly to maintain traction and a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
You must keep your windows defogged and use your headlights correctly to maintain visibility on dark, wintery roads.
Auto or Manual?
Winter Handling Tips You can use your van's low gears and winter settings to get the best grip and control on icy surfaces. Strategies for driving manual vans include starting in a higher gear to reduce wheel slip and maintaining smooth clutch control. If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm, ease off the accelerator, and steer into the skid to regain control.
Driving a van in winter need not be daunting. With a bit of preparation and these useful tips, you'll be ready to tackle whatever winter throws at you. Remember, slow and steady wins the race when driving on winter roads.