Ice covered roads can be slipperier than a dodgy car salesman.
Ice covered roads can be slipperier than a dodgy car salesman. The result can be rearranged bodywork, hurt pride, and a big bill. All worth avoiding, of course. Fortunately, Simon Elstow from the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed his tips for driving on ice:- Ensure you have de-icer and a scraper. Before setting off, make sure you clean any ice or condensation from all the windows and mirrors to optimise visibility. - When you set off, do so in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently, avoiding high revs – this will prevent wheel spin. - As you drive, stay in higher gears and don’t drive too fast to avoid losing control. - Stopping distances are increased by up to 10 times in icy conditions, so leave plenty of distance between your car and the car in front - plan so that you’re not relying on your brakes to stop - on ice they may not do that for you. - If your car loses grip, take your foot off the accelerator, and point the front wheels where you want to go. - 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. Elstow said: “When the roads are icy the best advice is to drive as if you’re walking on eggshells. Be prepared for the worst – icy conditions can affect accelerating, steering and braking. Being mentally prepared as well as having the right equipment is vital, so think about any problems you encountered last winter, and what you need to do to overcome them if they recur this year.”