Driving over snow and ice in a 4×4
On snow and ice, your vehicle’s stopping increases due to the slippery surface. Speed and aggressive braking will result in a loss of control.
- Low-range may be needed if there is mud and snow.
- Engage the centre differential lock if the vehicle has full-time 4×4.
- Pull away slowly to avoid wheel-spin.
- Probe the snow as there may be hidden obstacles under the surface.
- Do not push up a wall of snow in front of your vehicle.
- Fit snow chains.
- Ensure that you have adequate recovery equipment readily available.
- In light snow, your tyres will break through the surface and compact it.
- Be wary of ‘black ice’ underneath the snow.
- Snow off-road has more traction as the under-surface is not tarred and icy.
- Don’t drive in snow deeper than wheel-hub height.