Ice and snow make the roads hazardous and lead to an increase in road accidents. However, by taking a few extra precautions many winter road accidents can be avoided.
1. Clear away ice and snow
By law you must be able to see clearly therefore it is important that all snow and ice is removed from your vehicle windscreen, windows and mirrors. You should also remove any snow that may fall from your vehicle into the path of another road user.
2. Keep informed
Check local road information bulletins and take note of road, weather and traffic conditions and make sure that your planned route is open and free from delays.
3. Check the road conditions
Drivers should remember that the local authority has no duty to prevent ice from forming on the roads and therefore every driver must satisfy themselves as to the road conditions when driving in freezing temperatures. Check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently.
4. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front
Vehicle stopping distances on icy roads can be 10 times greater than in dry conditions.
5. Allow extra time
Always allow more time for a journey in icy conditions.
6. Go slow!
Most road accidents which occur on icy roads happen because drivers drive too fast for the road conditions. When driving in icy conditions remember to reduce your speed and brake and accelerate gently to avoid losing control of your vehicle.
7. Be prepared
Depending on the length of journey consider taking an emergency kit, including blankets and warm drinks, in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.
Want to know more?
Further information about driving in hazardous conditions and the rules that apply can be found in the Highway Code.
Hopefully these tips will help to keep you safe on the winter roads but if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road accident you should contact us for free, no obligation advice.