Driving safely in ice and snow. 5/12/13
Driving in ice or snow requires you to not only adapt your driving technique to the conditions, but you will also need carry additional items in your vehicle in case you become stuck.
If the weather conditions are poor you should only make the journey if it is absolutely necessary, check the local weather reports and make your journey when the weather improves.
If you must make your journey, ensure that you take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.
Driving on a snow covered or icy road demands careful use of your accelerator and brakes in order to stay in control of your vehicle.
The accelerator should always be applied gently on a slippery surface as rapid acceleration is likely to result in wheel spin and loss of directional control.
Brakes should also be applied gently to avoid skidding. Allow extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front to give you enough time to stop.
Anti-lock Braking systems may help reduce the risk of a skid, but you should not rely on it to get you out of trouble on an icy surface.
You should always reduce your speed when driving in any kind of extreme weather as a precaution.
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