The blast of cold weather has caused treacherous conditions on many UK roads.
Here are 10 tips for driving in the snow:
- void travelling in extreme weather and check the forecast for the whole length of your journey.
- If you do decide to drive, plan your route carefully. Try to avoid travelling on quieter roads or country lanes, as they are less likely to be gritted. Also check where the nearest petrol stations will be.
- Carry basic safety equipment, including a shovel, torch, jump leads and tow rope.
- Before setting off, you should clear all snow from the windows, mirrors, roof and bonnet of your car to stop it obscuring your view.
- Road safety charity IAM Roadsmart says cars should be started gently and high revs avoided. If roads are icy and you are driving a manual car, you should move off in a higher gear rather than first gear to stop wheel-spin.
- It is more important than normal to drive at the appropriate speed when there is snow on the ground. Driving too fast risks a loss of control, while driving too slowly means a car may not have enough momentum to get up a slope.
- Remember it could take up to 10 times longer than normal to stop on snow or ice. This should be taken into account when judging the safe distance from the vehicle being followed.
- Slow down before reaching a bend so you can react to unexpected hazards and avoid skidding.
- Make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone and the number of your breakdown recovery organisation.
- Take supplies to keep you comfortable in case you get stuck, such as a bottle of water, a snack and a blanket.
Source: Press Association