It’s important to take care whilst driving all year long, but it’s especially important to drive with extra caution and attention during the winter. The combination of adverse weather conditions and long, dark nights can make driving more dangerous. Please read through our winter driving tips below.

Snow & Ice

Avoid braking suddenly. Instead, reduce your speed smoothly and gradually. Drive significantly slower than normal to reduce your chances of skidding. Approach bends and corners with extra care. If you lose control, don’t panic. Take your foot off the accelerator, making sure your wheels are positioned in the direction you want to go in. To avoid wheel-spin, pull away in second gear and ease your foot off the clutch.


Avoid driving in foggy conditions unless it’s absolutely necessary. Make sure you switch on your headlights and fog lamps to help with visibility. Don’t be tempted to ‘hang on’ to the car in front. You may get too close to brake safely.


Stopping distances increase when roads are wet. Always leave double the gap between you and the vehicle in front compared to what you would normally do in dry conditions. Always use your wipers and headlights to help improve your vision. Slow down before driving through large puddles.

Make sure you and your car are protected this winter. The best way to do this is by choosing a car insurance policy that is right for you. Call our car insurance experts Maura and Elaine today on 090 6492640 for a quote, email [email protected] or call in person to our office on Magazine Rd, Athlone.