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What should I do on the road?

Drive slower than you normally would – it only takes a split second to lose control in wet or icy conditions. Avoid sudden braking or turning movements that could cause you to skid.

Accelerate smoothly and brake gently, and use your highest gear when travelling uphill and your lowest downhill.

For vehicles without anti-skid braking systems, pump the brake pedal in short rapid bursts rather than pressing long and hard to avoid skidding or sliding.

Drive at a safe travelling distance because it takes longer to stop on slippery roads. In winter, especially in poor weather, double the two-second rule and leave a safe distance between you and the car you’re following.

When travelling in fog, rain or snow, drive with your lights dipped for increased safety.

What about ice and snow?

  • Look out for shaded areas caused by high banks and tall trees where roads freeze sooner and ice may not thaw during the day.
  • Bridges could also stay slippery longer than other road surfaces, so slow down when crossing.
  • Frost is more severe at daybreak so be prepared for this after it becomes light – while it may not be frosty at 6am, it could be an hour or two later.
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