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Driving On SnowIce

TIPS FOR DRIVING ON SNOW AND ICE

DRIVE LIKE AN EXPERT IN SUB-ZERO CONDITIONS

Land Rover’s pioneering Terrain Response technology and legendary 4x4 capability give you the confidence to safely navigate the winter season – on and off-road. Here, you’ll find some invaluable tips for driving on snow and ice from Land Rover experts, including how to prepare and what to look out for on your journey.

PLAN THE ROAD AHEAD

Towards the end of autumn, book your vehicle in for a pre-winter check at your local Land Rover Retailer.

Take note of how frosty weather can affect terrain and road safety. For example: bridges and overpasses ice over more quickly than normal roads; shady areas cool more quickly than sunny areas; shadows from trees, buildings and mountains can cause unexpected icy spots. All this considered, remember to budget extra time for every journey.

Land Rover Plan The Road Ahead
Land Rover Tyres Inflated

ENSURE YOUR TYRES ARE PROPERLY INFLATED

On snow and ice, over-inflation can reduce grip because the tread doesn’t meet the road surface as it should. Recommended tyre pressure differs according to vehicle load and road conditions, so it’s always best to check your vehicle’s handbook.

TAKE IT SLOW AND STEADY

When driving on snow and ice, use steady momentum to carry you through. If the wheels start to spin or slide, ease off the accelerator until you feel the tyres regain grip. It’s important to keep the wheels rolling.

All new Land Rovers are available with Traction Control, which diverts drive power to those wheels with the most traction. Hill Descent Control* takes the guesswork out of steep, slippery slopes by automatically braking to maintain a steady speed.

USE GENTLE BRAKING

Harsh braking may cause you to skid; so start gently, then progressively increase pedal pressure.

On corners, brake before you approach, steer through the corner at a safe speed, then accelerate once you’ve straightened up. Don’t steer while braking or accelerating, and vice versa.

Should you have to brake hard in an emergency, Land Rover’s driver assist features (ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution*) will help. Just keep your foot hard on the brake pedal; the system will automatically apply and release the brakes.

Land Rover Gentle Braking
Land Rover Maximise Visibility

MAXIMISE VISIBILITY

Before you set out, use a windscreen scraper or de-icer to remove ice from windows, exterior rear-view mirrors, headlights and brake lights. Don’t use warm water as it may cause surfaces to crack. Avoid putting the heater in re-circulation mode, as it increases interior humidity.

PACK YOUR WINTER DRIVING ESSENTIALS

When driving in wintry conditions, on or off-road, it’s a good idea to carry the following:

- Heavy-duty jump leads
- Tow rope
- Torch (with spare batteries)
- Light bulb kit and fuse range
- De-icer and windscreen scraper
- Snow chains (can be fitted to front wheels to improve traction and steering on very icy roads)
- First aid kit
- High energy food and drink

Land Rover Winter Essentials
  • Land Rover Snow Mode

    USING LAND ROVER SNOW MODE

    Optimise your vehicle’s performance in slippery sub-zero conditions at the touch of a button.

  • Land Rover Wading Depths

    LAND ROVER WADING DEPTHS

    Find out the maximum wading depth of your Land Rover and how you can use it to get to places other vehicles can’t.

  • Land Rover Off Road

    HOW TO DRIVE OFF-ROAD

    Land Rover experts share their tips for heading off the beaten track with confidence and composure.

*Available on selected models.

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