Hibernot is about incredible experiences, but safety should always be a top priority. Thankfully, the pioneering technology and legendary 4x4 capability of Land Rover can help you navigate icy winter roads. Below you’ll find winter driving tips from Land Rover Experience experts: how to prepare, what to look out for and how to ensure your journeys are stress-free.
Towards the end of autumn, book your vehicle 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.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Overinflation can reduce grip because the tread doesn’t meet the road surface as it should. Recommended tire pressure differs according to vehicle load and road conditions, so it’s best to check your owner’s manual.
In winter, remember to budget extra time for every drive.
When driving in 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 tires regain grip. It’s important to keep the wheels rolling.
All new Land Rover models are available with Traction Control, which diverts drive power to those wheels with the most traction.1
Hill Descent Control (HDC®)* helps you on steep, slippery hills by automatically braking to maintain a steady speed.1
Terrain Response®* makes your Land Rover vehicle even more capable. When driving in snow or ice, select the Grass/Gravel/Snow setting and use the highest gear possible for the conditions.1
All-Terrain Progress Control* acts as a launch control system on slippery surfaces, designed to help maintain an exact speed set by the driver.1
*Available on selected models.
Harsh braking may cause you to skid, so start gently and then progressively increase pedal pressure.
On corners, brake before you approach, steer through the corner at a safe speed and then accelerate once you’ve straightened out. Don’t steer while braking or accelerating and vice versa.
Should you have to brake hard in an emergency, the Land Rover 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.
Before you set out, use a windshield 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.
Be prepared for anything while you Hibernot this season. When driving in wintry conditions on- or off-road, it’s a good idea to carry the following:
- Heavy-duty jumper cables
- Tow rope
- Flashlight (with spare batteries)
- Light bulb kit and fuses
- De-icer and windshield scraper
- Tire chains (can be fitted to front wheels to improve traction and steering on very icy roads)
- First aid kit
- High-energy food and drink
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