Top Tips for Driving in Winter – 4×4 Hire UK

4×4 Hire UK

Winter is the most difficult period of the year for drivers, with conditions making it incredibly hard to get from A to B in a safe and speedy manner. More accidents happen around this time than any other, as people struggle to adapt to the weather and its effects on the road.

If you’re not sure of what exactly it is you need to do, then it can be very dangerous for you to be out on the road. First of all, we would advise you drive a car suitable for the weather – such as one of our luxury 4X4’s available to rent now. Other than that, we’ve compiled a few tips that will help you understand how to behave while driving this winter.

Prepare Your Car

There are several things you need to do to get your vehicle ready before you start your journey, so it might be wise to get up 10-15 minutes earlier in the morning than usual. In freezing conditions your windows, mirrors and possibly your lights will need to be wiped clean so your visibility isn’t compromised.

The windscreen is particularly important. Don’t just clear a hole so you can see directly in front of you, make sure it is completely clean so you have as big a view as possible. Put the kettle on and poor boiling water over it – this will get rid of frost and ice instantly.

Tyres are Important

When driving in winter, it is recommended that your tires have between 2mm to 3mm of tread to maintain a strong grip. When the roads are icy, your stopping distance can be up to ten times longer than normal, and people often struggle to keep complete control of their vehicles.

You might want to consider changing to specialist winter tyres – or better yet, those suitable for all seasons. If you live in a more isolated area, where the roads aren’t cleared as much as busier locations, then snow chains might be needed too – although this is quite rare.

One thing’s for sure – our 4×4 vehicles have tires suitable for even extreme weather conditions.

Check Your Battery

Typically, a car battery will last no longer than five years, so if yours is nearing the end of its life then it might be best to consider replacing it anyway. But in winter, the reliability of your battery becomes even more crucial. Because of the weather, you’ll be using the lights, heaters and wipers a lot more than usual.

The temperature could also make it hard to get the battery started if the vehicle is left idle for too long. If you’re not planning on driving for a few days, it might be a good idea to try turning on the engine once a day just to ensure everything keeps running properly.


Actually driving itself comes with precautions too. First of all, you need to drive slowly and carefully when the roads have been altered by the weather. Plan more time for your journey so as not to be late, or to feel like you need to rush to get into work.

Make sure you wear comfortable, dry shoes so you’re not slipping on the pedals, and when braking do it slowly, otherwise you could find yourself skidding all over. You will find hills are difficult to navigate when it’s icy, so be sure to leave as much room as possible between you and other vehicles – and try not to stop part way if you’re heading up.

If you do happen to get into an accident, then Capital Hire offers 24 hour breakdown cover in which you will receive prompt assistance.