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Expert winter driving tips from Peter Rodger

  Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Are you a novice when it comes to driving in extreme wintry weather conditions?

If you are likely to have to head out onto the roads this Christmas then it is quite possible you will be faced with icy conditions that can prove dangerous, sometimes fatal, when motorists don’t treat the roads with the respect they deserve.

With this in mind the nation’s most advanced driver Peter Rodger, who offers regular advice through road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), is seeking to provide a timely reminder for motorists to adapt their driving style in time for the winter weather warnings.

Here are some of Rodger’s top winter driving tips for you to take on board:

  • Always keep abreast of daily weather conditions. Check for Met Office weather warnings that can appear at short notice.     
  • Be sure to travel at the wheel equipped with de-icer and a window scraper to free your windows and doors from ice and condensation before journeys.
  • Avoid frozen door locks by squirting a layer of WD40 between door hinges.
  • Always pull away in second gear and accelerate gently to prevent wheel spin.
  • Drive in higher gears where possible - it is quite manageable to drive at 30mph in fifth gear.
  • Increase stopping distances between you and the car in front by as much as 10 times on icy roads.
  • Approach busy junctions and hills with extreme caution and avoid excessive use of your brakes.
  • If your vehicle does lose grip, decelerate and steer the front wheels in the direction you wish to go.
  • Always steer into a skid if you lose control of your car.    

Above all, the primary message for any motorist preparing to get in their car this winter is that you should only consider driving in bad conditions if your journey is entirely necessary.

Adhere to these simple winter driving tips and protect yourself, your vehicle and other road users against the lowest of temperatures.

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