Driving In The Snow & Ice

Woken up to more snowfall this morning.  Personally I’ve always enjoyed driving in these conditions, but some people don’t and others simply don’t know how to control the car when there is such little grip.

Firstly, listen to the news – if you are advised not to make your journey unless it is absolutely necessary, don’t.  This advice is given for a very good reason.

Obviously, there will be times when your journey is absolutely necessary or you get caught out in it.  The most basic pieces of advice I can give you are keep your speed well down, give yourself plenty of room to the vehicle in front and be smooth with all the controls; no harsh acceleration, braking or steering.  Beyond this, think well ahead – plan what you need to do well before you arrive in a situation.

Stopping distances in the snow and ice are 10 times those in the dry, so always remember to give yourself much more space than you normally would and always keep the car to a speed where you can safely stop well within the distance you can see to be clear.

For more hints and tips, please visit the Driving Standards Agency at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/Broadcasts/DG_183913 see the relevant pages of the Highway Code at http://tiny.cc/RMO4L or click on the link below to see a video from the DSA.

Safe driving in severe weather Directgov – Newsroom – Google Chrome