Driving in uncommon conditions – snow and ice.


This article gives tips below to driving in uncommon conditions such as snow and ice. If you are not as confident driving in these conditions, you may feel safer to have someone in the car with you whilst practicing.

This image shows icy and snowy conditions.

Firstly – Do not rush!

Making sure you have plenty of time for your journey, will allow you to adapt your driving to be safer. Even if you find yourself running late for work, do not rush! Rushing your driving will put yourself and others at risk, as this can lead to an accident caused by skidding etc. Make sure that you have cleared your windows, so you have full vision of the road. If your window is not fully clear it is safer to be late than to drive with little vision.

Slow down!

No matter how safe of a driver you feel you are, it is not worth the risk in icy conditions. Staying at high speeds, the vehicle can become difficult to control and stop when needed. You should only make journeys that are necessary. If you want to do a food shop but you still have enough food left, you should plan to do this another day as it is not essential.

Give people space!

As the two second rule applies to normal driving conditions and four seconds to wet conditions. In snow and ice, you would use a ten second rule. Leave a large gap in between yourself and the vehicle in front so that you have plenty of time to break if you need to. This will also allow you to apply your brakes slowly and carefully, as harsh braking can lead to skidding and losing control of the car. Turn on your headlights if the visibility drops below 100 meters, turn on your fog lights. Turn these off when visibility improves to not dazzle other road users.

Do not panic!

If you lose control of the car, for example in a skid, stay calm. You would need to press down on the clutch firmly and turn the wheel into the skid. When your car begins to straighten you would steer along the road. Although your immediate reaction would be to brake, DO NOT BRAKE! Braking will cause the wheels to lock and you will skid further.

We hope this article makes you feel more comfortable with driving in uncommon conditions.

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