Driving A Motorhome or Campervan In Snow

Winter travel can be an adventure all on its own. No matter how well you plan your camping trips, you may well find yourself having to drive your motorhome or campervan in conditions that are less than ideal. Snow and icy conditions can be treacherous. But if you follow advice and keep a level head, you should not come to any harm. In the winter, don't be bullish. Always be cautious and know when to admit defeat and stay put when things really do get challenging. Here are a few tips for travelling in a motorhome or campervan in snow:

Plan Ahead

If you have to travel in snowy weather – for example, if it has snowed while you are away camping – it is imperative to plan your journey carefully. If you possibly can, try to avoid travelling on less-used roads or country lanes as these are less likely to have been gritted or ploughed. If possible, check your planned route for any closures, accidents or weather advisories and be sensible about choosing a longer, but safer route.

Clear Snow Before You Set Off

If snow has been falling and has settled on your motorhome or campervan, be sure to clear all the snow off the windows, mirrors and roof before you set off, as it can fall and blow onto your windscreen and obscure your vision when you set off. Don't leave any snow on your vehicle that could become a potential hazard later in your journey.

Start Gently and Stay in Higher Gear

Start your motorhome gently from a stationary start and avoid high revs. In extremely icy, slippery road conditions, you should move off ans stay in a higher gear to avoid wheel spin.

Regulate Speed Carefully

The speed that you drive at in snowy conditions is crucial. Never drive so quickly that you risk losing control and be aware of other traffic at all times. But don't drive too slowly either, or you may risk not having enough momentum to get you up any hills.

Plan Ahead When Driving

Make sure that you slow down your motorhome or campervan in good time, before you begin to turn the wheel to take a bend. Plan for the unexpected in the road ahead and always make sure that you will be able to stop in the distance you know to be clear. In snow, you should leave at least double the usual distance between yourself and the car in front of you – thinking ahead about possible problems that could occur in bad weather conditions.