Slow Down and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. Don’t rely on other road users to leave space. It’s your job to control it.  You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.  

Get of f the accelerator early and if you have to brake – Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. 

Turning on your lights increases your visibility to others. It also helps with the low winter sun.


Therefore keep your lights and windscreen clean. 

Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills. 

Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads. 

Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently travelled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges. Technical heads call these micro climates. 

Don’t pass gritting trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind. 

Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads. 

If your not sure don’t drive