15 December 2017

The Big Freeze has hit, with up to four inches of snow falling across Northern Ireland. Whilst it may have melted for now, driving in wintery conditions can be daunting. At Kerr's Tyres & Auto we are sharing our top tips for braving the snow and ice this Christmas to make sure you don't have to miss out on any festive plans!


Prepare for your journey

  • Leave time to warm up your car before driving, clear snow/ice from all windows and doors to ensure optimum visibility
  • Remember to check your front and rear lights and remove snow so that others can see your signals
  • Remove as much snow as possible from the roof of the car - as it may slide down and block your view while driving
  • Ensure your screen wash isn't frozen and your wipers aren't stuck to your window

Once you're on the road

  • Drive slowly and leave a 10 second gap between you and the car in front - this allows for maximum stopping distance in the case of skidding
  • Be very aware of oncoming traffic - watch for skidding as they may veer on your side of the road due to slippery surfaces
  • If the car behind you is getting too close, pull in and let them go ahead of you, this ensures that you can focus fully on the road ahead
  • Ensure caution when approaching junctions - some cars may not stop at junctions due to ice and snow taking control of the wheels
  • Make sure your headlights are on and can be seen by other drivers




Tyres in the snow

  • If you are concerned about driving in snow, get your tyres checked now - at Kerr's Tyres & Auto we offer free winter tyre checks
  • UK law allows as little as 1.6mm tread depth, but performance declines rapidly when it reaches anything below 3mm.  At 1.6 millimetres in wet weather it takes an extra two car lengths (8 metres) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres - so get them checked and replaced if necessary.
  • You can also get specialised tyres for the Winter months which will ensure maximum grip when driving in snow and ice.


We hope these tips help you stay safe in the chilly weeks ahead, and remember to drive carefully; avoid harsh acceleration, hard braking, sudden gear changes, or rapid steering movements. These can all cause the car to skid. 

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