Touring car star Jordi Gene offers up some winter driving advice.
Sub-zero temperatures are on the way, which means icy and snowy driving conditions are as well.
The bad winter weather conditions usually cause a rise in accidents on the roads, but Seat and one of its factory drivers, Jordi Gené, has put together a list of winter driving tips.
Speaking from Innsbruck, the capital city of Tyrol in western Austria, the World Touring Car and TCR International race winner explained how to tackle snowy conditions calmly and confidently, with the following simple tips that can make all the difference.
The golden rule
"Anticipate what’s ahead and take it easy, that’s the basic rule for driving in harsh conditions."
Driving down a mountain pass or a steep road in the city
"Using the engine to brake is fundamental. Driving downhill in low gears will help you stay in control and it takes a lighter toll on the brakes."
Stay calm and don’t make sudden manoeuvres
"It’s important to stay calm and avoid making sudden manoeuvres. You have to turn the wheel gently and lightly step on the brake until you’ve passed the ice patch and the wheels begin to gain grip again."
Only use the fog lights in extreme conditions
"Their use should be restricted to when visibility is poor. Fog lights deliver added brightness and are useful during heavy rain or in dense fog. However they can dazzle oncoming traffic if used incorrectly"
Parking in sub-zero temperatures
"Put the car in ‘P’ for park if the car is automatic and either in neutral or first gear if it’s a manual, and put the wiper blades up so they don’t stick to the windscreen during a snowfall or if the temperature falls sharply."
Gene also advises to inspect your vehicle regularly, to use winter tyres or authorised snow chains, and to increase the distance to the vehicle in front to help make winter travel safer.