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Ice Driving Tips from the IAM

With ice forecast for the weekend, the IAM is issuing the following tips for dealing with the conditions:

Ensure you have de-icer and a scraper. Before setting off, make sure you clean any ice or condensation from all the windows so that your visibility is clear.

When you set off, do so in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently.

As you drive, stay in higher gears to minimise the possibility of wheel spin.

Stopping distances are increased by up to 10 times in icy conditions, so leave much more distance than usual between your car and the car in front.

If your car loses grip, take your foot off the accelerator, and point the front wheels where you want to go.

Bear in mind, after the frost has gone, ice can remain in areas which are shaded by trees and buildings, including bridges.

 More at: www.drivingadvice.org.uk.

Peter Rodger is the IAM’s chief examiner. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety. More at IAM

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