Driving on Snow and Icy Roads!

It’s hard enough driving on the British roads in good weather conditions let alone when it’s snowing and icy. It’s important when driving in snow to 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. Brake, steer and accelerate as smoothly as possible, start gently in second gear, avoiding high revs. Stay in a higher gear for better control and only use the brake if you cannot steer out of trouble. Stopping distances increase considerably in snow and ice, so you need to adjust the distance at which you follow other vehicles accordingly. Drive so that you do not rely on your brakes to be able to stop, on an icy surface they simply may not do that for you! If your vehicle has ABS, in very slippery conditions it will not give you the same control it would in others, do not rely on it. Plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted, try to avoid using shortcuts on minor roads as they are less likely to be cleared or treated with salt, especially country lanes. When driving on motorways, stay in the clearest lane. Where possible, stay away from slush and ice and drive within the clear tyre tracks if you can. On a downhill slope, get your speed low before you start the descent, and do not let it build up, it is much easier to keep it low than to try to slow down once things get slippery. If you find yourself driving in falling snow, use dipped headlights or fog lights to make yourself visible to others, especially pedestrians, as conditions improve, make sure your fog lights are only on if necessary as they can dazzle other drivers.

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