Servicing Stop tips for driving in snow and ice 0

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Yes, we British do tend to make a ludicrous amount of fuss over a couple of snowflakes. Our transport infrastructure completely grinds to a pathetic, messy halt and we all whip ourselves up into completely over the top levels of hysteria.

That said, it’s likely at some point over the next few months that you are going to encounter snowy and icy driving conditions. Here are a few tips on how to handle yourself when the roads get slippery…

  1. Only drive if it’s necessary. This is repeated so much at this time of year that it stops having sort of meaningful impact, but it is advice given by those in the know for a reason. The simple argument is: if you don’t go out driving when the roads are icy and slippery, you can’t have an accident.
  2. Prepare. If you are intent on setting out, make sure you’re prepared for the very worst the conditions can throw at you. Plan your route, sticking to major better treated roads. Carry essentials such as a shovel, grit, deicing fluid, first aid kit, ice scraper, fully charged mobile, jump leads, food and water, warm clothing. Make sure your fluid levels are topped up and check you have additive in the screen wash to prevent it freezing and making the pipes crack.
  3. Headlights. Make sure your headlights are on, and on dipped beam. This will improve your vision and allow other cars to see you.
  4. Use the correct lights. Only use your fog lights if visibility is very poor as they can dazzle other road users. The Highway Code stipulates they should only be used if visibility falls to less than 100 metres.
  5. Keep your distance. If the roads are icy you should really be twenty seconds behind the car in front. Icy conditions can make cars ten times slower to stop than in favourable conditions.
  6. Drive smoothly and gently. Driving in these sort of conditions requires an alteration to your driving style. Be as smooth as possible with your use of the controls, this will help to keep skidding and spinning your rear wheels. Release the clutch gently, keep your revs low, changing gear early when you accelerate and late when you decelerate.
  7. How to deal with skidding. Check the state of the road by gently testing your brakes and steering. Obviously choose the right time and place to do this, a quiet, straight piece of road away from other drivers. Keep your radio off when the roads are icy as it will mask the sound of irregular tyre noises. If you do happen to start skidding, take your foot off the accelerator and let the speed drop by itself until you regain control. Avoid the brakes, this will just prolong the skid. If you start to spin during the skid, steer into the direction of the spin to allow the car to straighten up.  

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