In the UK, winter seems to last an eternity, perhaps because we never seem to have a proper summer, but the point stands that our winters can be miserable. Whether it’s raining for days on end, or the ground is glazed with frost; it all makes driving a little bit trickier.
When you are battling against the elements, it pays to have a car well equipped to deal with slippery roads and heavy snowfall to keep both you and your family safe as well as being able to transport all the winter essentials. With this in mind, here are some of Creditplus’s favourite SUVs that we can provide.
One of the most popular cars at Creditplus, the Nissan Qashqai is on the epitome of what a family car should be. With its spacious interior and the technological add-ons available, the Qashqai is perfect for lengthy road trips with the whole family. Its four-wheel drive allows the sturdy motor to navigate through the tricky winter conditions, giving drivers peace of mind as they pack up their families in this very capable crossover.
Volvo lives up to its spacious and safety conscious reputation with the XC90. The family friendly seven seater SUV is built for comfort as well as practicality, with its four-wheel driving giving it superb traction on wet roads, which is perfect for driving around the UK with its notorious wet winters. With fold-able back seats, the boots capacity can be increased impressively, meaning you will never have to travel light again.
The Land Rover is famous for its off-road abilities, able to tackle some of the trickiest terrains like no other SUV. Offering spectacular stability on wet or icy roads, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is another safe option for transporting your loved ones across the country whatever the weather. This practical four-wheel drive is also capable of transporting all the baggage that comes with a family commute, with its spacious boot and ample leg room.
This German beast is another jewel in Audi’s impressive crown, with its luxurious interior and impeccable style. Spacious enough to ferry the family around in, with the added class that Audi provides. The Q7 does not just have style on its side, its effortless and steady driving ability makes it a firm choice for tackling tricky journeys.
Considerably one of the most affordable SUVs Creditplus has to offer, with the 4×4 option creating a rather steady drive. This cross-over style is more than capable of battling through muddy trails, which is ideal for those water-logged winters Britain faces annually. The Duster’s simple, practical interior makes it extremely family friendly, and its surprisingly spacious boot makes room for all the essentials.
Whether you own an SUV or not, it is crucial to stay safe on the road whilst driving during the winter months. Commuting during heavy rain or after snowfall can be daunting for even the most confident drivers, so here are some tips to help you stay safe on the roads.
If weather conditions are looking particularly severe, or your destination requires some remote routes, it is important to plan your route. Before you set off, consider all your options and plan the safest possible route, perhaps avoiding areas that regularly flood, or steep hills during snow fall. Major roads are more likely to be cleared of snow and ice so these are usually a safe bet, and give you more chance of receiving help if you happen to break down on a cold, stormy night.
Slow and steady not only wins the race, it can also save lives during poor weather conditions. When snow blankets the UK and the roads become covered in perilous black ice, stopping distances between cars can increase by as much as ten times. To avoid spinning out of control or skidding across the motorway, maintain a slow, steady speed with gentle manoeuvres and remember to keep an eye out for brake lights ahead of you.
Although this may sound dramatic, you’re driving to London not back packing through wild Alaska with Bear Grylls, a small survival kit can actually be extremely handy. If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself braking down on a remote country lane without any phone signal in the middle of a stormy night, you may be thankful to have these essentials on you;
You should always check your tyres before setting off on long distance journeys, however it is even more important during the winter months where road conditions can be treacherous. For a safe drive, you will require at least 3mm of tread and no less than 2mm. If conditions are particularly severe, you could also consider fitting your car with winter tyres which are made from a specific rubber which gives the tyre better grip on cold and wet roads.
Before you set off on your winter drive, be sure to clear your windscreen and lights as to not obstruct your view whilst driving. It will also make it easier for oncoming drivers to see you if your lights are not covered with snow or other debris.
It is best to avoid using cruise control during wet or icy conditions to allow more control of accelerate and deceleration.
If you are looking for a sturdy SUV this winter (or any other car for that matter) then Creditplus can help find the perfect car for you through our extensive car search. Get in touch with one of our Customer Advisors on 0800 1777 290, or complete our simple, 2-minute online application form and our team will be on hand to help find the perfect car for you this winter!