Snow, ice, and wind could cause misery for thousands of motorists over the next few days. The Met Office is therefore predicting heavy snow for Dover/Lincoln and London, Birmingham, Aberdeen, and York could receive a light covering. There will also be sub-zero temperatures throughout most of the United Kingdom leading to widespread frost. Even during the day temperatures are likely to remain very low. There could be strong wind too, particularly on the south coast. Such conditions ensure it is easier to make mistakes on the road so there could be more accidents than usual. Accelerating, braking, and passing bikes/lorries could be particularly challenging. Fortunately, The Institute of Advanced Motorists has released a few tips to keep drivers safer on the road:
Driving Tips For Snow, Ice, & Wind
- When driving in snow, get your speed right - not too fast that you risk losing control, but not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it.
- Start gently from a stationary position, avoiding high revs. Stay in a higher gear for better control and, if it is slippery, in a manual car move off in a higher gear rather than automatically using first.
- If you find yourself in a skid, the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the pedals and steer - only use the brake if you cannot steer out of trouble.
- Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front so you are not just relying on your brakes to be able to stop.
- It’s better to think ahead as you drive to keep moving, even if it is at walking pace.
- Keep to the main roads as they’re more likely to be gritted. Also bear in mind that after the frost has gone, ice can remain in areas which are shaded by trees and buildings.
- Where you park can help reduce your risk of being involved in someone else’s accident. So look for off road parking where possible or gritted roads if not.
- Strong winds are not constant, they are usually gusty so ensure you hold the steering wheel firmly.
- Overtaking high sided vehicles or driving past buildings can result in a sudden gust from the side as you clear.
- Give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual. They get blown around by side winds easily.
- Watch trees and bushes on the roadside - their branches show you how strong the wind is. Look well ahead, that way you don’t need to take your eye off the road and you can see any windy patches before you get to them.