For many countries, January is the coldest month of them all. Across the UK, January temperatures average on daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. January is also the coldest month for Canadians, with an average high temperature of –0.3°C and an average low of -7°C. This means, that being prepared for driving in cold months, is a must.  

 Not only is the weather much colder, but nights are much darker, with sunset being around 5pm each night in the UK. This therefore makes driving conditions much more challenging for many drivers.  

From some of the hottest countries, such as Bahrain and Qatar, to some of the coldest, like Russia, or Finland. Cyclops currently cover 63 countries. Therefore, our surveyors have experienced driving in many different weather conditions.  To have a look at the full list of countries our surveyors have travelled to follow the link! 

There are a few things you can do to help keep you safer on the roads whilst driving in wintry conditions:

Emergency winter kit: In case you ever get stuck, it is recommended to have an emergency winter kit in your car. The British Red Cross society state the following to be essential: 

  • Ice scraper and de-icer,  
  • A map – Don’t always rely on technology to help you, 
  • Blanket and warm clothes,  
  • Battery-operated torch,  
  • Food that won’t easily go out of date and water. 

Driving on winter roads:  

It is important that drivers know what to do when driving on wintery roads.  

If your car skids, you need to steer the car in the direction of the skid. If the back of the car is moving out to the right, you need to steer your car by turning the wheel to the right. It is important not to press hard on your brake or accelerator or turn your steering wheel back and forth. 

 If you are stuck in snow or ice, straighten the steering wheel and clear the snow from the wheels.  

Remember, just because the speed limit is set, you can still drive slower if that is the safe thing to do!