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Top Tips For Driving A Van In Winter

Posted on by Idrive

It’s that time of year again when the weather throws up all sorts of issues. You never know what the conditions are set to be like from one day to the next. Accidents invariably happen, occurring more frequently in the winter, but this doesn’t have to be the case if you take the necessary precautions and follow our guide for van driving in different winter conditions.

 

Snow

Snow presents many hazards and is the main type of weather people associate with winter.

Reduce your speed and keep your distance from the vehicle in front. This reduces the risk of collisions between you and other drivers and puts you in more control of stopping distances.

Switch your headlights on if the snow if falling as you drive. Visibility can be reduced and your headlights can help alert other drivers to your presence.

If there is snow on the top of your van, push it off with a broom before setting out. You don’t want snow to come sliding over your windscreen when you brake out on the road.

Winter tyres – or snow tyres – are often available, giving you better grip in snowy conditions.

 

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Rain

We get rain throughout the year in the UK, so most people should know how to handle such conditions. However, it pays to stop and think about how you should adapt.

  • Reduce your speed and keep your distance from the vehicle in front. Wet surfaces reduce your stopping distances and surface water presents a risk of planing if you brake at speed.
  • Headlights are recommended for rainy weather, it helps drivers in front and behind to know where you are and when you’re braking.
  • Ensure your wipers are in good condition before setting out, they’re important for maintaining visibility.
  • Demist your windows. The heat of your breath against the cold windows will make them mist up at the very least, so have your vents pointed towards the windows and wait for them to clear up before setting off.

 

Ice

Possibly one of the trickiest conditions to drive in, you can’t always see ice out on the roads. It can be extremely daunting if you hit a patch of ice and begin to skid.

  • Reduce your speed considerably, this gives you more chance of rectifying a skid should you hit ice. You also need to keep a greater distance from the vehicle in front.
  • There will no doubt be ice on you windows of a morning and evening, so be sure to have an ice scraper or some de-icer handy to ensure you maintain good visibility.

Mist/Fog

Conditions have to be just right for enough mist or fog to accumulate. When it does, it can be alarming how much it impacts visibility.

  • Reduce your speed considerably – you might be able to see others’ headlights and brake lights, but you may not be able to see pedestrians and other obstacles until the last minute.
  • Use your headlights and turn on fog lights if you have them, this will help to give you greater visibility and will make you more visible to others.
  • Cats eyes are useful indicators of where the middle and the side of the road are if mist or fog is heavy. This way you can take your time and avoid swerving off the roads.

 

At I-Drive Van Hire we have quality vans to hire this winter, helping you whether you’re moving home or carrying out work duties. Contact us today for more information and details on our variety of van sizes and accessories. i-Drive Van Hire are based in Nottingham but operate in West Bridgford and the surrounding areas.

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