Snow driving techniques
If you love the cooler months and enjoy getting out and exploring snow tracks read on for tips on how to make the most of this time of year.
It is important to be prepared and know what to expect when driving on snowy or icy tracks. Before heading out on any trip it is vital that your vehicle is up to the task. Making sure the service schedule is up to date before you go is a must. When out on the tracks make sure you keep an eye on your temperature gauge, as snow can build up in front of the grille and stop air flow. It’s also a good idea to check for any build up around the steering and in the wheel arches, as these can limit your turning ability.
When driving on ice or snow make sure that you keep your speed down and always expect the unexpected! There can be obstacles just below the snow’s surface, which you might not be able to see, which may damage your vehicle, or even cause you to skid off-course.
If snow chains are necessary take the time to practice fitting them before you set off on your trip. There’s no point in having the equipment if you don’t know how to use it properly! Remember to only use snow chains when necessary as they can do a lot of damage to roads and tracks not covered in snow.
A must when travelling off-road is to adjust your tyre pressures. Reducing your pressures increases the tyre’s footprint and helps provide more grip. If you need advice on tyre pressures give our team a call on 1300 MICKEY and they’ll send you out a handy tyre tips guide full of advice on tyre pressures and how to get the most out of your tyres. It’s a good idea to keep it in your glove box so it is readily available if you need it when out on the tracks.
In colder areas black ice forms when ice partially defrosts and then re-freezes, this leaves the surface clear and icy. If you come across black ice, try not to panic and definitely don’t slam on the brakes. Try and gently touch the brakes and keep steering in a straight line.
We hope that these tips will help you on your next Winter off-road adventure. Remember to try and stick to well-formed tracks as they will have more grip. Let your tyre pressures down to suit the terrain and try to avoid driving over deep snow. If you need advice on which tyre is best for Winter driving take a look at the legendary range of Mickey Thompson tyres, get a quote, or give our team a call on 1300 MICKEY and they’ll be able to provide advice on which pattern is best suited to your vehicle and driving needs.