With temperatures plummeting this week there is no doubt that driving conditions will be more hazardous on many roads.
Here are our top tips for driving in freezing conditions:
- If you must drive in extreme weather conditions, check the forecast for the whole length of your journey.
- Plan your driving routes carefully. Quieter roads and country lanes are less likely to be gritted so try to avoid them. It is also a good idea to check where the nearest petrol station is located if taking a longer journey
- Clear all snow from the windows, roof, mirrors and bonnet of the vehicle to sop it obscuring your view.
- It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snow or ice. This should be taken into account when judging safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Slow down before reaching a bend to allow yourself time to react to unexpected or unforeseen hazards ahead on the road.
- Your mobile phone should be fully charged and ensure that the breakdown assistance number is saved .
- Stock up with emergency supplies including a shovel, torch, jump leads and a tow rope. It may also be a good idea to have a blanket, water and some snacks in the vehicle in case you gets stuck.