I'm not a fan of driving in ice or snow, so far this year we haven't really had much ice as it's been too wet and not really cold enough however it has been feeling a bit colder recently and I'm sure the ice and maybe even snow will be on it's way before Winter is over. So with that in mind I thought I'd share with you some tips on how to drive safely in icy conditions and if you'd like further advice you can get more tips from autoweb.
- Make sure you leave extra time to prepare your car before setting off on your journey, clear all of your windows and the windscreen with de-icer and a scraper making sure they're completely clear and you haven't just cleared a small hole to look through.
- If you find your lock is frozen you can use a lighter to warm a key which should then defrost the lock.
- Plan your route making sure you stick to main roads that will have been gritted and don't worry about being on time, it's better to get somewhere late but safe than rush and have an accident.
- Make sure you take your car to a reputable autocare centre to get a winter check done on your car, they will check your tyres and oil levels and basically make sure your car is in tip top condition for driving during the winter months.
- If your car starts to skid depress the clutch and steer into the skid, do not brake as this will lock up the wheels and make you skid further.
- Reduce your speed and make gentle manoeuvers to reduce the risk of an accident, pull off in second gear to avoid wheel spin.
- When driving downhill use third or fourth gear to prevent skidding and always apply brakes gently.
Hopefully these tips will help if the icy weather does hit us at some point.
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