posted 7 years ago

Driving Safe in the Snow

Motoring organisations are today issuing advice on driving in the bad weather.

Motoring organisations are today issuing advice on driving in the bad weather. The IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said “avoid travelling unless completely necessary, and don’t ignore police warnings or advice to not travel on specific routes. Can you work remotely, or change your schedule?”

The following advice on driving safety through the freezing conditions includes making sure your windows are clear and you have all around visibility, making sure you take time to clear snow off the roof of your car.

If you are in trouble only use the brake if you cannot steer out of trouble, stay in a higher gear for better control and if you are driving a manual car move off in a higher gear rather than using first.

It would make sense in the bad weather to plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted. Avoid using short cuts on minor roads as they are less likely to be cleared or treated with salt, especially country lanes and housing areas.

And if the worst does happen, keep track of where you are. If you do have to call for assistance, you need to be able to tell the breakdown or emergency services your location, so they can find you. If you must leave your vehicle to telephone for assistance, find a safe place to stand away from the traffic flow. If you have just lost control the next driver could well do the same in the same place and on motorways and dual carriageways it is always better to leave your vehicle and stand a short distance behind and to the safe side of it. Don’t stand in front of it if at all possible.