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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…but first find out what to do if you get stuck with our handy tips

Driving in a winter wonderland does sound rather magical but getting your car stuck in the snow in freezing temperatures doesn’t sound too much fun, does it?

Regardless of how careful and cautious you are driving in winter weather, getting stuck in the snow can happen to anyone and with weather warnings for snow forecast across Northern Ireland, now is the time to be prepared and know exactly what to do if you find yourself stuck in the snow.

1. Although NI isn’t renowned for its snowy winters, we do occasionally get weather fit for the Antarctica (…maybe not but it feels like it…) so when you have to travel on winter roads make sure you’ve packed some basic tools to help if you get stuck.  A snow shovel, rubber floor mats and sandbags along with some weather proof clothing like a hat and gloves can be enough to get you back on the road in no time.

2. Firstly, check out the situation – if you’re not too far from home can you call for help? If not, make your vehicle noticeable by turning on your hazard lights or set up a warning triangle.  The last thing you want is another driver to crash into you, a likelihood in treacherous weather.

3. Try and keep your tyres straight and avoid wheel spin if possible.  Gently rock your car between reverse and forward until you gain some traction.

4. If No. 3 fails, it’s time to get digging.  First break up any ice surrounding your tyres and if you’ve packed a shovel dig away as much snow from your tyres as possible.

5. Sprinkle the area around your tyres with sand or even cat litter to give your tyres something to grasp on to and then go back to rocking your car back and forth.

6. If you’ve got any passengers with you, they may be able to offer assistance by giving your car a push but if not try placing your rubber floor mats beneath your tyres and try the rocking method again.

7. If all this fails, you’ll have to do some more digging in the snow or call your breakdown recovery service.  Did you know? All SERE service customers have free roadside assistance for 12 months from date of service… very handy!

8. The most important aspect when driving in winter weather is to stay safe! The best tip we can give for not getting stuck in snow, is to drive extremely carefully and avoid any unnecessary  journeys when possible.

For more handy tips on driving in adverse weather conditions, check out our Driving tips for Winter Roads blog which details how to be safe when out and about.

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