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How to drive safely in severe weather

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You may have been greeted by heavy snow this morning which is why we thought we would give you some hints and tips on how to drive in severe weather.

Tip:- Remember that stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.

Tip - There should be a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and it must be measured across the central 3/4 of the tyre and all the way round. This is the legal limit only and you should consider replacing at 3mm to ensure safety.

Tip:- Remember to take out Breakdown Cover with the RAC.

Prepare

  • Leave 10 minutes early to give you time to prepare your vehicle - You don’t want to be late for work.
  • Clear any snow or ice off your vehicle - Sometimes snow can drop from your roof as soon as you start driving and obscure your vision.
  • Besides a scraper and de-icer it is handy to stock up on blankets and the all-important warm clothing just in case you get stranded – you want to be warm after all.
  • Plan your route on major roads, these should have been gritted and cleared - someone has already prepared the roads for you.

Driving

  • If your tyres are making a noise it could mean that you are driving on ice - remember not to panic.
  • If you are in a situation where you skid on the ice most drivers automatically put their brakes on, this will make the skidding worse so instead use your clutch and steer into the skid.
  • Reducing and maintaining a constant speed can help you stay in control of your car.
  • Use your second gear when pulling away when you have stopped your car, easing your foot off the clutch.
  • Driving downhill can be tricky but using your third or fourth gear can help you from skidding.

Hopefully our handy hints have helped you if you choose to drive in severe weather. The main thing to remember when you are driving in snow or ice is to not panic even though many of us do, remaining calm will help you to control your car and avoid any problems that may occur.

Points to remember

  • Leave 10 minutes early to give you time to prepare your vehicle
  • Clear any snow or ice off your vehicle - Sometimes snow can drop from your roof as soon as you start driving.
  • Don’t Panic!

If you would like more information about current weather conditions in your area visit www.metoffice.gov.uk

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By Amanda Bainbridge