How to drive an automatic transmission car in the snow

Drivers must be extra careful as weather conditions get worse – but there are ways to make life behind the wheel of an automatic transmission easier.

Everyone knows that gears can be an asset in the winter like roads becomes more difficult to navigate.

Here's how to make life behind the wheel of an automatic transmission less stressful when the road gets tough


Here’s how to make life behind the wheel of an automatic transmission less stressful when the road gets toughCredit: AFP

But there is a number of methods to make life behind the wheel of an automatic less stressful when the road gets tough.

Many automatic machines have winter driving mode that helps you shift into second gear and minimizes the chance of spin.

More expensive vehicles can also have a “snow mode” for the cold season, which reduces the distribution of force to the wheels.

However, most automatics don’t have these – and don’t have gears to help you grinding through the thick snow, driving an automatic in the winter can be frustrating.

Here’s how it doesn’t have to be.

How should I drive an automatic in the snow?

No wonder there is no magic bullet that can overcome the challenges of hard winter driving.

But there are a few ways to take advantage of the ease of use of your automation, reports Ask a car expert.

Driving on new snow may seem more difficult because you don’t know what’s underneath, but in reality it’s a worse surface than heavy snow.

Easy access to controls from the steering wheel to the brake pedal will also help you get in the right position.

It always makes sense to avoid sudden braking, but especially in winter when you can get stuck in the snow.

And always, always corner slowly and carefully.

Is it safer to drive an automatic or manual car in the snow?

In fact, neither automatic nor manual transmission is safer when driving in the snow.

It’s about the driver – and their ability to maneuver in the snow.

Most of the helpful advice applies to both automatic and manual cars, such as cornering carefully and avoiding heavy use of the brakes if possible.

UK roads are rarely dangerous to drive, but this year looks to be different.

Cyclone Arwen ravaged parts of the country, felling trees and causing vehicle landfall across Scotland and the North East.

Can I get insurance while driving in the snow?

We did wrote about this Recent important question.

The answer is yes, your auto insurance will still be valid if you take it out snow – but be warned.

If your insurance company believes you were negligent in causing damage to your vehicle, any claim can be questioned.

Poor driving can still lead to denied claims – and bad weather for no reason.

Forbes Advisor consumer affairs expert Kevin Pratt told us, “Simply knowing you’ll get a paycheck doesn’t mean you’re taking on undue risk.”

“If your insurer can prove contribution negligence on your part, your claim could be questioned and any payouts reduced.”

Here are four ways to make sure you don’t break the law behind the wheel.

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Caroline Bleakley

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