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Winter driving tips issued by IAM

Date: 17 December 2009

Winter driving tips

Driver training experts at the Institute of Advanced Motorists have issued a set of tips for motorists ahead of tonight's expected snow and ice.

Peter Rodger, IAM chief examiner said: "When driving in snow, get your speed right - not too fast so that you risk losing control, but not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it - and brake, steer and accelerate as smoothly as possible.

"Start gently from stationary, avoiding high revs. If you get yourself into a skid the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the accelerator and steer, never use the brake."

More winter driving advice for the IAM:

  • Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front.
  • Plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted.
  • On motorways stay in the clearest lane where possible, away from slush and ice. Keep within the clear tyre tracks if you can.
  • Stay in a higher gear for better control.
  • As conditions improve make sure your foglights are only on if necessary - they can dazzle other drivers.
  • In falling snow use dipped headlights to make yourself visible to others (especially pedestrians)

Preparation tips:

  • Check the weather in advance - don't ignore police warnings about closed roads.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit so you are prepared in the event of a breakdown. This should include a torch, food for energy, water and a blanket. On longer journeys always let someone know you have set off and tell them your planned route.
  • Ensure your mobile is charged up so you can make a call in an emergency - but don't use it when driving!
  • Do a proper winter check of your vehicle, looking at washer fluid, de-icer/scraper and tyres.