How to drive on snow and ice

Snow and Ice

Snow and ice have a habit of catching us out when we least expect it. Snow can fall thick and fast, even if it isn’t forecast. Ice, meanwhile, can be invisible to the naked eye. If you do have to drive in freezing weather conditions, Green Flag advises the following:

  • Check your speed and use gentle driver inputs. Even if the roads have been gritted they are likely to be slippery
  • Give more warning than usual to other drivers when turning, stopping or changing lane
  • Keep plenty of distance between cars. You never know when you'll hit an icy patch. If you pass the same landmarks as the car in front of you within three seconds, you are following too closely
  • Check whether your car has ABS anti-lock brakes. In the unlikely event that it doesn’t, pump the brake pedal slowly to prevent your wheels locking up and skidding
  • Be extra wary of black ice. It is an invisible danger that can catch out the most careful driver
  • Approach corners at a steady speed, in as low a gear as possible. Don't touch the clutch unless it is absolutely necessary, steer smoothly and avoid braking on bends
  • Make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts
  • Ensure you’re familiar with your car’s ventilation system to prevent steaming up. Air conditioning will keep windows free from mist and condensation

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