2. Choose the proper chains. You have to know which are the most suitable for your car’s tyres. There are several kinds: the steel link types are durable and resistant, and provide good grip on snowy roads, while the fabric, combined steel and fabric, and spider types, which also perform well and are even easier to attach.
3. Check all fluid levels. The most important are the oil, engine coolant and windscreen wiper fluid, and pay special attention to the latter because not anything goes.
4. Turn on the air conditioning. This will allow “the air inside to dry, preventing the windows from fogging up”. Having it on is not at odds with a comfortable temperature in the car as long as you regulate the thermostat. However, it is advisable to put it in “AUTO” mode so the compressor works at its optimum point, as this will avoid excess fuel consumption.
5. Carry warm clothing in the car. Blankets, anoraks, headgear and gloves can always come in handy. And make sure the fuel tank is full.
When you’re out on the road, remember to drive gently on the snow, use the engine brake whenever possible, and only brake in straight sections of the road, never in curves. And in foggy conditions only turn on the rear foglights if it’s very dense to avoid dazzling other drivers behind you.