Driving advice as snow hits
With the week already blighted by snow, ice and freezing temperatures, drivers have been issued with tips to keep themselves, their loved ones and their cars safe.
The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) said that unless travelling is completely necessary, people should avoid using roads in snowy conditions.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "Don't ignore police warnings or advice to avoid specific routes. Can you work remotely, or change your schedule?"
For those who have to drive, the IAM encouraged people to make sure windows and mirrors are clear of frost, snow and condensation before they set off. Take time to clear the snow off the roof of a car, it added.
The organisation encouraged drivers to get their speed right when driving in the snow, and avoid using high revs as this will increase the chances of skidding.
It added that if people do get into a skid, they should take their feet off the pedals and steer.
Making sure stopping distances are doubled or tripled is also advisable, it suggested.
published: 13/03/2013 20:00:01