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Learning to drive in the winter? – here’s what you need to know

Learning to drive in the winter? – here’s what you need to know
Tina Playle
  • On October 25, 2018

The clocks go back this weekend and in the words of Ned Stark, that means one thing – winter is coming. Learning to drive in the winter might not be the easiest time of year to do so, but we’re here to offer our best advice for those who are!


Prepare your car

Learning to drive in the winter is a walk in the park if you’re prepared for it. Make sure to have an ice scraper handy to clear your vision for any journeys and that your anti-freeze is topped up!

It’s also a good idea to pack a warm hoodie or jumper in the back seat just in case of potential breakdowns!

Here’s a handy checklist to prepare yourself:

  • Pack an ice scraper to ensure your vision is clear on all drives.
  • Top up your anti-freeze.
  • Pack a spare jumper or hoodie in case of breakdowns.
  • Clean your lights as you’ll be using them a lot more during darker hours.

It is absolutely essential that your windows are not obstructed by ice or snow.

Brush up on the highway code

A good place to go to pick up tips when learning to drive in the winter, is the Highway Code.

A few of the main points to remember as a learner are:

When driving in heavy rain: Double stopping distances and take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

When driving in fog: Use fog lights when visibility is reduced but you must switch them off when visibility improves.

When driving in icy and snowy weather: Do not drive if your journey is not essential. If you do, ensure all snow and ice is clear from your windows and plan your journey.

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Dealing with traffic

With winter comes Christmas, which means traffic on the roads is increased. Don’t be afraid though. This is actually a great opportunity to practice handling traffic. Believe us – you’ll encounter it plenty of times in the future.

Just because you’re caught in a traffic jam, it doesn’t mean you can switch off though. You’ll need to be alert for all kinds of hazards, such as pedestrians and diversions. The only way you can handle it better is by getting out there on the roads and tackling it!

Private Practice

Learning to drive in the winter can be intimidating but that shouldn’t stop you from doing so.

The best way to overcome any fear or nerves associated with driving is to get out there and practice. The best thing about doing this, is that you’ll have someone else who’s experienced helping you through it. By the time you pass your test, you’ll be fully prepared for whatever the road throws at you.

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