The huge amounts of snow that have fallen over the UK lately have been something of a surprise for those of us who thought spring was on its way. The disruption and difficulties caused by snow at this time of year are something that you, as a motorhome owner, might experience in the UK but are also very prevalent elsewhere in Europe. Dealing with the snow is something that the winter traveller has to face.
Big motorhomes with long wheelbases or campervans with a high centre of gravity are prone to rolling in slippery conditions. Lateral movement from skidding on ice or snow can cause instability in the top portion of your motorhome and it’s important to adapt your driving style accordingly. Knock a few miles off your speed, leave plenty of time for braking and keep in low gears to give you more control.
If you’re travelling to very snowy areas, say Scandinavia or the Alps, then snow chains are a wise idea and sometimes a legal requirement. You can pick up specialist snow chains for motorhomes and campervans from a variety of websites and your dealer may be able to order some for you, but beware – one size does not fit all! You’ll need chains that match your specification exactly so as to avoid damaging your vehicle.
Without sounding too fatalistic, the chances of having an accident in the snow are drastically increased so make sure you are prepared. Make sure you have your motorhome insurance details on you at all times and it’s wise to carry a couple of spare blankets, a torch, some food and a spare mobile phone. The cold weather that we’re seeing in the UK at the moment can really take its toll if you’re exposed for long periods so if you’re planning to travel make sure you’re stocked up.
The snow is not to be underestimated and even light flurries like those we’ve seen over the weekend are just as dangerous as heavy snowfall. Drive very safely and, above all else, remember that if you don’t absolutely need to travel then sometimes it’s better to stay at home.