How to drive on ice this winter

Give yourself time:

The weather is unpredictable, so simply setting the alarm for 10 minutes earlier will give you that extra time to adjust your routine so you can cope with the ice. Turning on the engine and allowing your car to heat up and the windows to clear up will pay off when you get out on the road.

Take it slow:

Now that you’ve got an extra 10 minutes to play with on a morning, you can take it steadier on the slippery roads and not have to worry about turning up late to your 9am meeting. The faster you’re travelling, the longer you’re going to take to come to a stop if you do find yourself in an emergency. You’ll be less likely to crash and your boss will appreciate you turning up in one piece.

Tools for the job:

Having a few items at hand is a major time saver when you find that you’re going out in the car this winter. A can of de-icer or just a scraper will deal with the ice on your windows and mirrors, whilst a shovel will be more suited for the job if you find yourself stuck in the snow. Chains on your tyres could be something to consider too, giving you further traction on the ice.

How to tackle corners:

The most daunting aspect when driving on ice is how your car will perform with corners. You could be driving a Porsche, a Bentley, a BMW or even a Ferrari, but ice on a sharp bend will still send you skidding. Your best bet is to gear down on approach, and creep around the corner to keep control.

Check fluid levels:

Whether your car is brand new or used, you always need to check your fluid levels to ensure it hasn’t frozen over during the night. If you’re unsure on what to check, go to a car specialist so you don’t make any mistakes that could be costly.

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for motorists it can also be the most dangerous. Stick to these five key tips and you’ll be well on your way to making it through the festive period. 

Written by Chris Remington.

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