When it comes to driving in icy conditions, safety is of absolute, paramount importance. Not only do you need to look after yourself, you also have a responsibility towards other road users to ensure your actions do not cause a road traffic accident.
By some distance, the most important safety element of driving in inclement weather is taking speed precautions in icy conditions.
How should I employ speed precautions in icy conditions?
Quite simply, slow down. Speed limits are in place for when roads are dry and weather conditions are normal. Controlling a car at 30mph in mild weather is a very different thing to keeping control on ice. On ice, every slight turn could lead to a skid or loss of control.
Employing speed precautions in icy conditions allows you more time to react to the actions of other road users. Whilst you might be driving on high alert, other drivers on the road might not be as sensible.
If the car in front brakes suddenly, you have a higher chance of stopping in time if you are going at a safe pace. Giving yourself more room than you might in normal driving conditions is also an effective precaution.
It’s also important to stay extremely alert when driving in icy conditions. It’s an unfortunate, yet inescapable, fact that experienced drivers have a tendency to get complacent. This complacency is only likely to increase if you drive the same routes every day.
Familiarity breeds danger, as many drivers switch into auto-pilot on journey they’ve made hundreds of times before. Taking speed precautions in icy conditions means not allowing yourself to fall into this trap.
Cold weather brings with it many dangers – such as black ice – which can turn the tamest stretch of road into a hazard fraught with danger. If you’re not paying attention, by the time you’ve realised it may well already be too late to prevent a road traffic accident.
If you are injured in an incident on the road caused by someone else’s reckless driving, you may well be due injury compensation for the suffering you endured. Our expert advisors are standing by on the Accident Advice Helpline 24/7 hotline so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles today.