How to drive safely in winter

Published on 10 January 2024

There are many winter lovers who like visiting cities during cold periods or participating in snow sports. It is not the same visiting, for example, Sierra Nevada covered with snow, adding an extra attraction to these magical mountains, than without it. However, when driving, the experience can be quite distressing, particularly when blizzard and icy conditions arise unexpectedly. If, after all, you decide to drive, there are some recommendations to consider: 

1. Check the weather before you go: 

If the weather is freezing, warm up the car before you drive it. If the forecast looks unpredictable, wait out the storm if possible. But if you must travel, make sure you share your travel plans and route with someone before you leave. 

If you become stranded in an unfamiliar area, do not leave your car. Place reflective triangles in front and behind the car and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked by snow, mud or any other object. 

2. Prepare your car for winter: 

Besides checking the weather, it's important to have a mechanic check the condition of the following vehicle systems before heading out on the road: ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts, spark plugs, air, fuel and emissions’ filters, distributor, battery, tyre wear and air pressure and check the antifreeze level. 

3. Know what to do to avoid a crash: 

  • Sometimes water or ice on the road can surprise drivers, even with little to no precipitation. So, if you would rather not be surprised and end up in a crash, here are some tips: 
  • Never mix radial tyres with other types of tyres. 
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather. 
  • Do not use cruise control in wintery conditions. 
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. 
  • Increase your distance to the car ahead. 
  • If possible, don't stop when going uphill. 
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full. 

4. Don't leave home without these: 

You should always have a few things with you in case of an emergency: a properly inflated spare tyre, wheel wrench, tripod jack, shovel, jump leads, tyre chains, tool kit, torch and extra batteries, reflective triangles, the new V-16 emergency beacon, first aid kit, ice scraper, non-perishable high-energy foods, blankets, and gloves. 

Moreover, do not forget to have your Roadside Assistance number at hand. Liberty Seguros Roadside Assistance is at your disposal 24/7 through a free phone number, where you can be assisted in English, Spanish, or German. 

Winter road trips – even short ones – are a great way to celebrate with family and friends. As well as providing you with insurance to cover you for any unexpected accident or loss, Liberty Seguros would encourage you to be fully prepared when driving in adverse conditions. Being prepared can ensure a safe and happy time is had by all. 

Liberty Seguros gives you the freedom to worry less. With more than 150,000 international clients in Spain and over 200 dedicated expat Agents and Brokers, Liberty Seguros is the preferred expat insurer in Spain, a wide range of products that can be tailored to suit your needs. 

Your peace of mind is our priority and we look forward to helping you secure the right insurance solutions for your life in Spain.

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