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Homers Tips for Driving in the Ice and Snow

Just when we thought the weather was turning a little bit warmer for spring the UK has been hit by some March winds and a lot of ice and snow. With Red weather warnings being distributed in various areas across the country it has been advised not to drive and to avoid making journeys all together, however sometimes journeys can be un-avoidable or the weather may unexpectedly take a turn for the worst when you’re already out and about.

Top tips for driving in the ice and snow

Leave a lot of time for your journey

Warm up your car in plenty of time before leaving to make your journey. This will dislodge the ice and snow and make it a lot easier to clear your car. Make sure the roof is clear of snow as you may be faced with a £60 fine and up to three points on your license if you are caught. According to section 229 of the Highway Code Drivers must “remove all snow that might fall into the path of other road users”. Rushing will put you and other road users at risk, take your time on the roads and plan plenty of time for your journey.

Reduce your normal speed

Don’t drive anywhere too fast. Reduce your normal driving speed when driving on ice and snow. Remember its advised you don’t drive in these conditions at all! High speeds make your car difficult to control which could put you and other drivers at risk.

Drive in a higher gear

Driving in a higher gear gives your tires a better grip on the roads surfaces especially when it was icy. If you are setting off from an icy patch of road this is even more beneficial as it allows a lot more control of the car.

Keep calm if you skid

If you do happen to skid on the roads make sure you press down on the clutch and turn the steering wheel into the direction of the skid. This will help you straighten up. Resist your instinct to break as this will make your wheels lock and you will skid further.

Beware of stopping distances

Everybody that’s taken the theory knows that stopping distances can be up to ten times further than usual road conditions when the roads are icy. Be wary of how close cars in front and behind are to you. Go slowly and when you have to slow down apply your breaks gently to avoid losing control.

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