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A few pointers to driving safely in snow or ice

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If you are driving in a location that you are not familiar with, it's important to refer to a map and familiarise yourself with the shape of the roads. You can either do this by referring to a map or even looking online in Bing Maps or Google Maps, that will let you see the road in a satellite view in close ranges so that you are as prepared as possible.

If you are still a bit unsure as to the layout of the roads when driving, it's a good idea to make use of satellite navigation, as there is little worse than having to check a map or taking unknown routes in adverse weather conditions.

Once you set off, it's a good idea to get a feel for the road and the kind of conditions that you can expect - start out slowly, and try the steering column to see how easily the navigation will be. Avoid hammering down on the gas pedal as this will cause wheel spin, which will likely lead to a massive loss of control.

You should also take into account that you will be driving slower than usual and will have to start slowing down roughly three times sooner than you normally would so that braking is safer and turning corners is easier. It's best to slow your speed to complement the weather conditions and to ensure that you feel completely in control and do not end up in a difficult situations when you are driving.

If you are not a confident driver or would like extra safety when driving, it's also a good idea to invest in snow socks or snow chains as these can lend artificial friction to the tyres, acting as a cheap alternative to winter tyres.

When braking, you should avoid making any sudden movements on the wheel, or if you feel the car beginning to slide out of control, do not try to over-correct as this can cause you to spin out of control, leading to a potentially major accident.

When you're driving, it's also important to keep a good amount of distance between you and the car in front, as braking distance will be altered, and rear-end collisions can have drastic effects, particularly if you are on an incline of any sort, as this could cause an unstoppable chain of accidents.

You should also clearly watch out for any particularly icy or slippery spots ahead - these will often be explained in news and traffic reports so you should try and avoid any side roads that will not have been affected by salt and grit trucks.


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