This week’s safety tips from the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ top advanced driver, Peter Rodger deal with driving on ice.
Rodger offers six tips to drive confidently in icy conditions:
> Ensure you have de-icer and a scraper. Before setting off, make sure you clean any ice or condensation from all the windows so that your visibility is clear.
> When you set off, do so in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently.
> As you drive, stay in higher gears to minimise the possibility of wheel spin.
> Stopping distances are increased by up to 10 times in icy conditions, so leave much more distance than usual between your car and the car in front.
> If your car loses grip, take your foot off the accelerator, and point the front wheels where you want to go.
> Bear in mind, after the frost has gone, ice can remain in areas which are shaded by trees and buildings, including bridges.
Peter said: “We all need to respect that the weather changes and make adjustments to deal with it. Being mentally prepared as well as having the right equipment is vital.”