A quiz to driving safely this winter

Sadly, the cold icy winter conditions have dawned upon us which means that we have recently been seeing temperatures as low as -7°C in parts of central England earlier in December and drivers being warned that 15cm of snowfall is expected throughout the country.

Are you prepared for getting behind the wheel when the cold snap fully takes hold? Take this quiz put together by vehicle hire and lease specialists Northgate to find out — you might learn some valuable driving skills as you work your way through the questions.


  1. What is the minimum tread depth allowed on a car in the UK according to law?
  2. 2mm
  3. 4mm
  4. 6mm
  5. 8mm
  6. How should the water that you use to defrost your vehicle’s windows feel?
  7. Cold
  8. Lukewarm
  9. Hot
  10. Boiling hot
  11. When setting off in the snow, what should your approach be?
  12. Accelerate gently while using low revs
  13. Accelerate gently while using high revs
  14. Accelerate harshly while using low revs
  15. Accelerate harshly while using high revs
  16. When driving in snow, what is the advised amount of space that you should leave between your vehicle and the vehicle in front?
  17. Five times the normal recommended gap
  18. Ten times the normal recommended gap
  19. Fifteen times the normal recommended gap
  20. Twenty times the normal recommended gap
  21. If you skid in the snow, should you steer into or out of the skid?
  22. Steer gently into it
  23. Steer gently out of it


  1. C
  2. B
  3. A
  4. B
  5. A