Driving over snow and ice in a 4×4

By 1st Nov 2018 Jan 28th, 2019 4x4 Knowledge, Terrain Crossing, Tyres
driving over snow and ice

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.

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