Motoring News — 17 January 2013
12 top tips for safe driving in snow and ice

Just when we thought the winter weather was over we find ourselves under the threat of snow and the potential traffic chaos that this can bring with it.

As such I thought it would be good to remind your of some top tips for driving safely on snow or ice with 12 top tips:

TIP #1: Ensure that the window, lights and mirrors are clean and free from ice and snow before you set out, and carry a screen scraper and de-icer.

TIP #2: Check your wipers and if needed add winter additive to the windscreen washer bottles to ensure you can keep your windscreen clear.

TIP #3: Ensure that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure.

TIP #4: Check the weather forecast before setting out, and where possible tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to arrive.

TIP #5: Make sure you carry some extra warm clothing, a high visibility jacket/vest and a mobile phone with you in the car. Also carrying emergency rations (food and drink) is advisable.

TIP #6: If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other drivers can see you, but try and stay with your vehicle until help arrives (abandoned vehicles can hold up rescue vehicles and snowploughs).

TIP #7: Adjust your driving style to the conditions. It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road, drive slowly, allowing extra room to slow down and stop.

TIP #8: Manoeuvre gently and avoiding harsh braking and acceleration, and use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. If you start to skid, ease off the accelerator but do not brake suddenly.

TIP #9: Watch out for fog as it can appear rapidly. Use fog-lights if visibility is seriously reduced, though remember to switch them off when visibility improves.

TIP #10: Don’t hang on to the tail-lights of the vehicle in front as this gives you a false sense of security and means you may be driving too close.

TIP #11: Drivers are advised to maintain a safe distance behind winter service vehicles, such as salt spreaders and snowploughs, and not to attempt to overtake. Snow ploughing can throw up irregular amounts of snow that may be a hazard to vehicles.

TIP #12: Not every journey is essential. It isn’t worth risking your life, or those of others if the road conditions are dangerous. Make different travel plans or stay at home.

For more advice on safe driving contact Ultimate Car Control on 0845 459 1002 (www.ultimatecarcontrol.com).

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