Winter Wonderland - Drive Safely

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By Rockwell1 | Friday, December 17, 2010, 09:17

Well, what a scene to wake up to this morning - a soft white blanket covering everything and by the looks of it, much more to come.  Hopefully our local council has had the gritters out and the main roads should be clear.  But remember, side roads can be a different story, and even the main roads can be a problem if it continues to snow.

This is what the Institute of Advanced Motorists recommends.

When driving in snow, get your speed right - not too fast so that you risk losing control, but not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it - and brake, steer and accelerate as smoothly as possible.

Start gently from stationary, avoiding high revs. If you get yourself into a skid the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the pedals and steer.

Only use the brake if you cannot steer out of trouble.

Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front. Drive so that you do not rely on your brakes to be able to stop - on an icy surface they simply may not do that for you!

If your vehicle has ABS in very slippery conditions it will not give you the same control it would in others. Do not rely on it.

Advice on driving in the snow from BBC Newsbeat

Plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted. Avoid using shortcuts on minor roads - they are less likely to be cleared or treated with salt, especially country lanes.

On motorways stay in the clearest lane where possible, away from slush and ice. Keep within the clear tyre tracks if you can.

Stay in a higher gear for better control, and if it is slippery, in a manual car move off in a higher gear, rather than just using first.

On a downhill slope get your speed low before you start the descent, and do not let it build up - it is much easier to keep it low than to try to slow down once things get slippery

In falling snow use dipped headlights or foglights to make yourself visible to others (especially pedestrians) - but as conditions improve make sure your foglights are only on if necessary as they can dazzle other drivers.



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    As usual, the hype is wide spread. I was just told that the road to Sidmouth was impassable - but having phoned Boots in Sidmouth and also a garage in Newton Poppleford, it seems the road is fine - just take care through Newton Poppleford.

    By Peggie13 at 13:12 on 17/12/10

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