What’s The Best Gear For Snow?

-Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving as a wet shoe could cause your foot to slip.

-Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.

Using higher gears can reduce revs and improve traction.

Is low gear good for snow?

Keep your vehicle in 1st or 2nd gear on snow or ice.

A lower gear not only keeps your car moving slower, it gives the tires more power and more traction which is vitally needed on slick roads.

Should you drive in low or high gear in snow?

“Instead, put the car into as high a gear as possible and slowly manoeuvre the car lightly forwards and backwards to gently creep out of the snow.” If you skid, you should also avoid the temptation of slamming on the brakes. “Don’t hit the brakes hard if you go into a skid. Try to steer into the skid,” says the RAC.

Is manual or automatic better in snow?

Manual vs. Automatic Driving in the Snow

Driving a stick shift can be easier in the snow because you are controlling the gears yourself. With a manual, the car is in more control so ease up on the gas if you are slipping on ice so your wheels can gain traction.

Why should you drive in a high gear on ice?

Using a higher gear while traveling at a lower speed will make it harder for you to spin your tires and lose traction because it puts your engine below its peak torque. When I am driving on icy roads I prefer to keep my engine running at its peak power for the speed I am traveling.