With the 'Beast from the East' bearing down on the UK with snow and ice, you can almost guarantee that parts of Britain will grind to a halt over the next few days.
If you're determined to keep on the move through wintry conditions, it's vital that your car is ready to tackle the worst of driving conditions, minimising the weather's impact on day-to-day life and helping to keep you safe.
To help you cope with snow, consider these four features. Even just opting in to one of these will offer you an advantage, the more, the better, particularly if you are going to be driving on the continent during the winter too.
- Invest in winter tyres - The key to safe motoring in icy, snowy conditions is traction and grip. Regular tyres have less grip in colder temperatures, whereas winter tyres are made to be softer and have a different tread pattern. The pay-off is that your car will obediently stick to the road when you’re moving, and having good traction allows you to actually get moving in the first place, with the engine’s power being applied to the road effectively. Winter tyres become effective when temperatures drop below 7 degrees C.
- Consider a front-wheel drive car – These have engines that send power to the front wheels only and these tend to have more grip on slippery surfaces. The majority of cars are powered in this way. Combine a front-wheel drive car with winter tyres and they will cope with most icy conditions you'll encounter in this country.
- Get an all rounder with Four-wheel-drive. These vehicles are more economical than ever and they’re now more competitively priced. Four-wheel-drive is a definite advantage when the roads get slippery, and if you’re buying an SUV for this reason, make sure it actually does have four-wheel drive, not just two-wheel-drive. It’ll give you more grip when accelerating, so you're less likely to sit there stuck as your wheels spin frantically.
- Choose a vehicle with high ground clearance – The bigger the space between your car and the road, the less likely you are to get caught on piles of compacted snow or debris buried underneath the powder.
SUVs are among the most popular cars on sale and suit winter driving conditions perfectly, offering a high-set driving position, practicality and muscular looks of the more traditional 4x4s, but usually without the high purchase price or running costs, making them the ideal family car. The JCB Group offers 22 different SUV models, across eight of our brands, so why not take a look at the offers we have on currently in our SUV Event?
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