It is an inescapable fact that road conditions are worse during the winter. To help keep your safe,

When driving in winter conditions:

  1. Always listen to weather forecasts and don’t make any unnecessary trips if the weather is forecast to be particularly bad.
  2. Make sure that you clear your windows properly of ice and snow before you start your journey.
  3. Add anti-freeze to the radiator and additive to the windscreen washer bottles.
  4. Check your tyre tread depth and pressure.
  5. Keep your lights clean and your battery fully charged.
  6. Use dipped headlights in hail, snow and rain.
  7. Drive slower to take into account the weather conditions.
  8. Give yourself more time to brake as brakes don’t work as well in icy conditions – it can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road.
  9. Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front.
  10. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin.
  11. When braking on ice and snow get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and press gently on the brake.
  12. If you do end up in a skid, ease off the accelerator but don’t brake suddenly.
  13. If visibility is reduced by fog use your fog lights – but remember to switch them off when visibility improves.
  14. Keep sunglasses in the car for the winter sun.
  15. Keep some warm clothes and a torch in the car.
  16. If the conditions are very bad – don’t drive.

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