The best cars for winter driving
Driving during severe winter weather can cause many challenges so it is important that we have the right car for the journey and remember some essential driving tips.
Many of us will be driving home for Christmas in order to see our families and friends on the special festive day but with a large amount of accidents occurring during the winter months due to snow and icy conditions on the roads, it is important to remember these tips for driving home at Christmas.
- The first thing you should do is check your tyre pressure and ensure you have a 3mm tread in order to cope with the wet and slippery conditions
- Your battery is also important – batteries run low quicker during the colder weather so check the charge before setting out and keep jump leads in the boot for emergencies
- Ensure your screen wash is topped up to keep visibility clear at all times
- Be sure to keep your fuel tank full – just in case you find yourself stuck in traffic with no fuel stations for miles around
- Ensure all your windows are clear of ice before you set out to allow for top visibility
- Check your oil levels and top up if necessary
Whilst it is vital to do these checks, driving on the road during the winter months can also be made much easier if you have the right car for the job. Whilst four wheel drives are more expensive, they are much better during the poor weather conditions due to their extra grip on the roads.
Carbuyer.co.uk has listed the top 10 cars to have this winter to ensure maximum road safety during your journey home for Christmas:
- The Dacia Duster Compact SUV
- The BMW 3 Series Saloon
- The Mazda CX-5 SUV
- Audi TT Coup
- The Nissan Quashqai SUV
- Range Rover Sport SUV
- Skoda Yeti SUV
- Suzuki SX4 S-Cross SUV
- Skoda Octavia Scout Estate
- Fiat Panda 4×4 Hatchback
The suspension on the four wheel drives allows the vehicles to work better on both slippery roads but also tougher road conditions.
However, it is important to remember that no matter what vehicle you have this winter, the first thing you should be doing is checking the weather conditions in the area you are travelling to. It is vital that you are prepared for the weather. Also, ensure you have a sat-nav to hand and keep your mobile phone fully charged in case of an emergency.
With these tips in mind, your journey this Christmas should be stress free.