USING a gear stick in the snow is never an easy task, but there are some easy ways to make use of your manual in wintry weather.
As Britain faces an “Arctic stretch” over the next few days, we looked at how you can stay safe and up to speed behind the wheel of a manual
Driving an automatic in the snow is a different challenge, but some tips are useful for all kinds of driving.
They include cornering carefully and avoiding heavy brake usage where possible.
And be warned, your insurance might not cover accidents if your provider thinks you have driven irresponsibly.
So in snowy weather, it’s wise to be extra careful.
How should I drive a manual car in the snow?
According to the RAC, drivers should set off in second gear and change up as soon as they get moving.
Accelerate gently and use low revs to avoid wheelspins and losing control of the vehicle.
Some gears have winter driving modes for this exact reason, but it’s easy enough to do it by yourself if you follow our advice.
What gear should I use in the snow?
At the beginning, second.
Then when you get going, shifting up is sensible to prevent wheel slips.
Always leave plenty of room in front of you when changing gear just in case you feel the car lurch in the snow.
And operate all controls very slowly and carefully.
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More important than which gear you use is actually how you drive altogether, because the right answer is less important than having full control of your vehicle.
When should I use a low gear?
Simply put, when you’re going downhill.
That’s because braking in a low gear is always quicker – so when the risk of an accident is heightened, a few extra yards could make a huge difference.
But make sure you don’t jolt between gears because that can cause the car to lurch.
Other winter driving tips we’ve recommended include cleaning your windscreen carefully.
That’s to keep you safe and potentially save a small fortune in fines, too.
And as always, do not drink and drive.
Everyone’s exact limit is slightly different, but it’s definitely better to have none for the road.
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