How to Stay Safe While Driving in Snow or Icy Weather

How to Stay Safe While Driving in Snow or Icy Weather


How to Stay Safe While Driving in Snow or Icy Weather

With many roads in the UK covered by snow and ice, motorists have being warned to take extra care.
Skidding on ice is the main concern for those driving in freezing conditions.

How to Stay Safe While Driving in Snow or Icy Weather

So what is the best advice when it comes to being safe on the roads?
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has issued some top tips for motorists:

ON THE ROAD

  • When driving in snow, get your speed right - not too fast so that you risk losing control. But not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it - and brake, steer and accelerate as smoothly as possible.
  • Start gently from stationary, avoiding high revs. If you get yourself into a skid the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the accelerator and steer, never use the brake.
  • Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front.
  • Plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted.
  • On motorways, stay in the clearest lane where possible, away from slush and ice. Keep within the clear tire tracks if you can.
  • Stay in a higher gear for better control.
  • As conditions improve make sure your fog lights are only on if necessary - they can dazzle other drivers.
  • In falling snow, use dipped headlights to make yourself visible to others (especially pedestrians).

PREPARATION:

  • Check the weather in advance - do not ignore police warnings about closed roads.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit so you are prepared in the event of a breakdown. This should include a torch, food for energy, water and a blanket. On longer journeys always let someone know you have set off and tell them your planned route.
  • Make sure your mobile is charged up so you can make a call in an emergency - but do not use it when driving.
  • Do a proper winter check of your vehicle, looking at washer fluid, de-icer/scraper and tyres.
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