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Winter driving

There are many more crashes when the weather is bad, especially when the roads are icy.

When driving in winter conditions:

  • Always listen to weather forecasts and don’t make any unnecessary trips if the weather is forecast to be particularly bad.
  • Make sure that you clear your windows properly of ice and snow before you start your journey.
  • Add anti-freeze to the radiator and additive to the windscreen washer bottles.
  • Check your tyre tread depth and pressure.
  • Keep your lights clean and your battery fully charged.
  • Use dipped headlights in hail, snow and rain.
  • Drive slower to take into account the weather conditions.
  • 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.
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin.
  • 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.
  • If you do end up in a skid, ease off the accelerator but don’t brake suddenly.
  • If visibility is reduced by fog use your fog lights – but remember to switch them off when visibility improves.
  • Keep sunglasses in the car for the winter sun.
  • Keep some warm clothes and a torch in the car.
  • If the conditions are very bad – don’t drive.
  • Downlaod our winter driving checklist here


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