Driving on ice can be one of the most hazardous conditions for a driver, especially when learning to drive. Follow the advice below and make sure you stay safe on our roads during the winter months.
Windows – Clear all ice from your windows and lights BEFORE you begin your journey.
Stopping distances – These can be up to TEN TIMES more when driving on ice, so ensure that you reduce your speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Slowly does it – Ensure that all your movements are gentle and progressive. Reduce your speed and ensure that you use your accelerator, brakes and steering with smooth movements to reduce the risk of skidding.
Moving off – When moving off, select second gear and ease your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spinning.
Downhill – When driving downhill reduce your speed BEFORE you reach the hill. Try to avoid using the brakes and select a low gear.
Cornering – When cornering on ice do not brake as it can cause your car to spin.
Black ice – Be extra cautious of black ice. This is most commonly found in areas that are shadowed from sun. If your steering suddenly feels light, ease off the accelerator and avoid any harsh movements.
Remember, you might be all cosy and warm inside your car, but NEVER forget that it could be below freezing outside.