Driving on ice - how to cope with confidence

editorial image

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.”