Driving in the snow and ice can be tricky, and the risk of an accident is so much greater.
If you are unsure about driving in the ice and snow and do not have to go out, our advice is to stay at home if you can but if you must travel to work or for something that cannot be put off for another day then we have put together a few tips to help you get to where you need to be safely.
1. Before you even set off, make sure all the snow is brushed off your car, especially off the lights and roof. De-ice your windscreen and make sure it is fully clear of any ice and you have full visibility, you can get fined £60 and receive 3 points on your licence for not doing this correctly!
2. Allow for more time than you normally would need, just de-icing and clearing the snow off your car can add 5-10 mins to your journey before you have even left, then actually driving in the snow and ice will slow you down as you will have to be more careful and allow for other drivers on the road being more cautious.
3. If you can, move off in second gear, this will help to reduce slipping and sliding, accelerate gently and try to use low revs, get into a higher gear as soon as you can this will give you better control of the vehicle.
4. Make sure you leave extra space between you and the car in front, stopping distances can be up to 10 times greater in the snow and ice.
5. Be careful when driving in the tracks of other cars, if the roads have not been gritted the compressed snow can be more icy and slippery than fresh snow.
6. Try not to panic! If you do skid try and steer gently into it, take your foot off the accelerator, and do not slam on the brakes.
We hope these few tips have helped to help keep our current and future customers safe!