How to drive in Snow and Ice 31/01/2019


The UK has seen its first snow of 2019, with nearly 10cm of snow predicted to land around parts of the country.

The temperatures began to plummet and numerous yellow weather warnings have been issued as the snow has started to fall. This weather is expecting to cause the worst travel chaos we’ve seen in a long time.

Drivers have been warned not to drive as a lot of the country is expected to be effected. Motorists have been urged to drive with caution and only travel if completely necessary.

Before you start your journey you should make sure the car is cleared of any snow. All of the windows, roof and the bonnet of your car must be clear so it won’t obscure the view. Consider taking water, blankets, a shovel and jump leads in the car in case of any emergencies.

Snow Tracks

If your car is on snow and you are driving a manual car, set off in a higher gear to prevent your wheels from spinning on the ice underneath the wheels.

Whilst driving remember that it can take up to 10 times longer to stop when driving on ice compared to driving on dry roads. Make sure you leave enough braking distance between you and the driver in front of you and also ensure you always have plenty of space to slow down safely.

Car Call can help you following an accident. If you have had an accident whilst driving in the snow or any other time, we can help make things easier. Contact us today for free advice on what to do following an accident.

Car Call and our partners help thousands of drivers every year with their accident claims. If you would like help regarding an accident claim call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.



No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a like-for-like replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a like-for-like replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury