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Winter Driving - from Lookers smart

We want you to stay safe this Winter, so take a read over some of our Winter Driving tips from Lookers smart.

Vehicle Preparation

  • Give yourself extra time before the journey to prepare the car
  • Don't drive off with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen. Clear all windows and demist the inside completely
  • Do not operate the wipers to clear thick snow or if they are frozen to the screen. Ensure they are turned off before turning the ignition on
  • Clear snow and ice from the cabin air intake, radiator grill and lights
  • Plan routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been cleared and gritted
  • DON'T reduce tyre pressures to get more grip
  • Wear comfortable and dry footwear. Boots clogged with snow can slip on the pedals.
  • Pack for the worst: hi-vis vest/jacket, a blanket, some food, a drink, spare screen wash, de-icer, ice scraper, shovel, phone charger, map, a first aid kid, a warning triangle,some jump leads, torch, square of carpet/hessian sack etc
  • Clear the car regularly to prevent a build of snow, ice and road salt
  • Ensure there is sufficient fuel in the tank


  • A build up of snow in the tyre tread can continue to affect traction when changing from a snow-covered to a clear road
  • If the road has not been gritted be wary of wheel tracks as compressed snow is likely to be more icey than fresh snow
  • The brakes, steering and accelerator should be operated smoothly and slowly
  • Anticipate the road and other cars well ahead
  • Keep your speed down and allow more time to stop and steer
  • Leave as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap between cars
  • Be mindful of micro-climates that might appear on the road, for example areas where the sun hasn't got to and are still icy when the rest of the road has thawed
  • Winter tyres are recommended below tempreatures of +7C
  • To improve the level of grip if snow socks/chains are not suitable a "snow grip" spray can be used
  • The automatic transmission can be manually shifted up, e.g by operating the right steering wheel gearshift paddle to reduce engine speed
  • Do not shift down for additional engine braking on slippery road surface
  • Prepare for an uphill by leaving plenty of room so you can maintain a constant speed
  • If you do encounter a skid, steer gently into it, do not take your hands off the steering wheel or stamp your foot on the brakes
  • Automatic operation of the lights and wipers can be affected by poor visibility in the snow and should be activated manually as required

If you have any questions regarding Winter Driving please feel free to contact your local Lookers smart service department who will be happy to assist.

Lookers smart are also offering free Winter Health Checks to customers.