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Motorists get ice driving tips

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Motorists are being offered free guidance about driving on frost and ice as the long winter nights draw in.

IAM Drive & Survive has launched the campaign to educate drivers on the essentials of survival on the roads as winter draws ever nearer, with a scraper or de-icer for those frosty mornings shown to be the most essential tool.

Driving on icy roads is a hazardous experience and motorists have been urged to move off in second gear and avoid high revs to prevent wheel spins, while driving in higher gears generally lowers speed and maintains control.

Stopping distances are magnified by up to 10 times on icy roads, with drivers advised to allow plenty of room and take their foot off the accelerator if the car starts to lose grip.

Simon Elstow, head of training at IAM Drive & Survive, said motorists needed to start thinking about how to adapt their driving to the cold weather, so that when conditions become dangerously slippery they are ready to react safely.

He said that when the roads were icy the best advice was to be prepared for the worst as icy conditions can affect accelerating, steering and braking.

published: 12/11/2012 17:00:00

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