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Safety tips for snowy and icy conditionsBack

As the weather takes a turn for the worse with freezing conditions predicted over the next few days, it’s well worth remembering to seek advice and prepare for the potential perils of winter driving.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has released advice on driving in snow and ice to help drivers to remain safe whilst behind the wheel with the priority being to free up the roads where possible to prevent accidents and maintain maximum safety amongst drivers.

The IAM is also advising people to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary, but if staying at home is simply not an option, Trusted Dealers has issued some top tips on how to stay safe on the roads this winter.

Be prepared

Do not set off on your journey until your car windows are completely free from ice and snow. Make sure that you have all round visibility before you set off and take time to clear snow off the roof of your car which could fall down and cause you problems when driving if not attended to.

Maintain the right speed

Make sure you are aware of your speed when driving in the snow and ice. You need to maintain a speed which is not too fast to prevent losing control, but also not too slow else you might be at risk of losing momentum on a slippery surface or hill. Start gently from standstill and avoid using high revs. If the surface if slippery, set off in a higher gear. Staying in a higher gear whilst on the move is also better for maintaining control of your car.

Don’t panic

If you find yourself skidding, the best thing to do is take your foot off the pedals and steer, only use the brakes if you cannot avoid it. Double or tripling your stopping distance behind a car will also help prevent accidents

Think ahead

If the weather is bad, plan your journey around main, busier roads which are more likely to have been gritted. Avoid using short cuts on minor roads, and especially avoid country lanes.


Drive safely

Bends can cause particularly bad problems in slippery conditions so it’s important to slow down with plenty of time before you reach the bend to avoid skidding. Tackling downhill slopes can also be hazardous, so make sure you reduce your speed to as low as you can before you start your descent, and try to avoid it building up at all.



Posted by Leana Kell on 06/12/2011