This winter’s storm warnings and continuously heavy flooding can cause drivers to be caught unprepared in adverse weather.
With this in mind, we have a guide of driving provisions during dangerous conditions including fog, snow and road-side flooding.
Audi quattro models are the optimum choice for safe driving in poor weather. Developed for motor rally racing Audi fitted its quattro technology in mainstream cars in 1980. It was an option for car buyers looking for high speed with better stability and road grip compared to other rear-wheel drive cars. It is still tested in the 24 hour endurance race at Le Mans and Audi’s four-wheel drive systems are the best in the world.
- Check the tread depth on your tyres is at 2mm minimum, to prepare for snow we would also recommend you fit your car with winter tyres. Although Audi quattro four-wheel-drive has excellent traction, winter tyres will boost this and you will be glad of their extra capability in the snow.
- Slippery road surfaces can cause wheel spin, particularly on hill starts, start off in 2nd gear and accelerate slowly; the Audi A6 allroad quattro has paramount traction and will help prevent difficulty in icy conditions.
- In case of road-side floods it’s recommended that you keep a stick in the boot to measure the depth of a flood before you attempt driving through it. The Audi A4 allroad quattro has a 37mm increased ride height over the standard A4, which will help you to negotiate through flooded road banks.
- Approach floods slowly, in 2nd gear, drive consistently slowly through it and slip the clutch to prevent you from stalling. Driving too quickly can cause a bow-wave, letting water leak into the exhaust pipe.
- After driving through a flood, you will need to dry your brakes, to do this drive at a slow speed pressing lightly on the brake a few times before returning to drive at normal speed.
- Snow on your car causes risk to other drivers, brush down the roof, sides and windows of your car before setting off. Do not open windows as they can become stuck or crack, buy an electric window de-icer to clear snow and ice safely.
- Changes to weather increase travel time; allow for sudden changes by checking information at the Met office site, radio or television. Although the Audi A6 allroad quattro is fitted with sat-nav, do not follow it blindly, in cases of inclement weather always check your planned route is open with the Highways Agency.
- Be prepared and keep some warm clothes and possibly a high visibility jacket in the boot, just in case you break down.
- If you are stuck in the snow, try and remove as much of it from around the wheels as possible. Then, put a used rug/piece of carpet under the tyre to add some traction – then you can slowly accelerate.
- Do not use hot water on your frozen windscreen. It can crack.
Audi introduced their first public vehicle with quattro technology at the 1980 Geneva motor show and have rarely been equalled for performance and handling since. It was the first sports-cars built vehicle produced for the masses, for people who love the thrill of speed and value excellent traction and road grip. Winter conditions can be unexpectedly dangerous and necessitate the best motor vehicle, for the leading brand in four-wheel-drive you need never look further, than an Audi.