Winter has arrived, bringing the usual seasonal precipitations and the first snow.

Jeep® - the legendary SUV brand with all-weather and all-terrain capability - has issued five golden rules to help motorists stay safe when driving in the snow and ice aided by specific driver’s assist systems available on its 4x4 models and of course by common sense.

With experts predicting one of the harshest winters in years, the easy-to-follow top tips are designed to protect drivers, their families and their vehicles from the many dangers the elements can bring.

The golden rules are:

1. Low speed and high gears

           Driving slowly is always a good idea. But on snow, it's also best to drive in high gears.

2. Be gentle at the wheel

          No sharp movements: no snatching at the steering wheel, sudden braking,

          gearshifts or acceleration.

3. How do you brake on snow?
          Remember: when braking on snow, engine braking is your best friend.

4. You have less grip
         When driving on snow or ice grip drops to as little as a tenth of normal conditions.

         And if it's just snowed, check the depth of fresh snow as you may get stuck.

5. Braking distances are longer
         Be aware of braking distances.

         Depending on your tyres, they may be up to three times as long on snowy roads.

Jeep drivers are also reminded of the many market-leading features built into their vehicle to make driving on snow and ice safer and easier.

This includes a specific ‘Snow’ driving mode that maximizes traction and minimizes oversteer,  advanced Jeep four-wheel-drive systems, Hill-Descent mode to help limit speed when driving downhill, higher ground clearance of up to 28 centimeters, and the availability of specialist snow tyres offering the best levels of grip.