• Monday, February 04th, 2013
It’s becoming a regular occurrence now throughout the British winter. Every year we seem to be hit with at least a week or so of heavy snow. Sure it can be fun for a few hours, maybe even a day if you manage to get it off work, but after that it becomes a real nuisance. Everybody gives a new meaning to the word caution and decides to drive at 5mph, while driving down cul de sacs can be a nightmare. It’s easy for cars to slip on the ice and bump into something, which can cause hefty servicing costs. To minimise your risks in the snow, go for a car that is better equipped – here are our top five cars for driving in the snow.
Fiat Panda 4×4
The Fiat Panda is a strong performer on all fronts when it comes to driving in the snow, and what’s more it is cheap to buy and cheap to run. It has four-wheel drive and its small, narrow tyres have been expertly designed to cut through the snow.
The Toyota Hilux is a lean, mean snow-ploughing machine. Well, maybe not lean, but it sure will cut through the snow on British roads with ease, considering that Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove one to the North Pole.
The Range Rover has to make it into the top five purely because it’s the most luxurious vehicle on the market which will glide over snow like it’s not there. It’s a little pricier than say, the Fiat Panda 4×4, however.
The Dacia Duster has made it into our list for virtually the opposite reason that the Range Rover did – it’s the ultimate budget snow driver. You can’t get a cheaper four-wheel drive and the Duster is accomplished when it comes to travelling through snow.
Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is the king of the off-roaders in terms of terrain-tackling ability. It has little trouble travelling over the harshest of ground, so no amount of snow is going to unsettle your ride in this beast.
• Monday, February 04th, 2013
Everybody has the occasional lapse in concentration, everybody has the odd “what was I thinking?” moment now and then. These can be costly when driving, namely in the way of points on your license, hefty fines and even bans. Of course there are certain incidents which can’t be prevented, but there are a lot of dumb ways to get caught out. We’ve made a list to remind you of a few things not to do. Here are our top five.
Don’t Use Your Phone
This one goes without saying. There really is no excuse for being on the phone while driving, especially when hands free kits are so inexpensive and readily available. It’s actually a bit of a challenge to have your phone in one hand and use the other for both steering and gear changing, and if you get spotted the bacon will pull you over faster than you can hang up.
Watch Out For Speed Cameras
Another no brainer, but it’s incredible just how many people still get flashed every day by those dreaded yellow boxes. If you’re not familiar with the road you’re driving down, make sure you look out for the limit signs before you put your pedal to the metal.
Eating Is Cheating
This one may sound a little silly, but if you’re caught snacking while on the road you will get pulled over and could face a fine. Save it for later or pull over for your tasty treat.
Sleep Before Street
Before you get in your vehicle, particularly before long journeys, make sure you have had enough rest. It’s not uncommon for tired drivers to momentarily fall asleep, which is needless to say incredibly dangerous. It could result in some astronomical servicing costs too.
Be Wary Of Traffic Wardens
Probably one of the most frequent and the most annoying one to get caught out on – parking fines. There are many residential roads that may look no different from any other, but look a little closer and you’ll spot the tiniest of signs outlining that parking is not permitted for non-residents. It doesn’t matter if you only have a little Mercedes A-Class, you’ll come back to a fine sitting on your windscreen.