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
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
Don’t assume your
vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on
If your not sure don’t