Driving in icy conditions is extremely precarious. Quite simply, when ice is on the roads, everything is more complicated and therefore more dangerous. Braking, steering, negotiating turns, accelerating, judging stopping distances and times, indeed virtually all aspects of driving are made more difficult with the presence of ice. As a result, all road users need to be extra vigilant and on high alert at all times. There are a few precautions to take when roads are icy to keep safe. We at Accident Advice Helpline advise you abide by these.
What are the main precautions to take when roads are icy?
Drive slowly: The first and most obvious, precaution to take when roads are icy is to slow down. Speed limits are in place for when conditions are normal. 30mph on a dry road is a very different thing to 30mph on the ice. Slowing your speed gives you more time to react to events ahead of you, as well as the ability to respond to the car slipping on patches of black ice as safely as possible.
Be aware: Just because you are being vigilant yourself doesn’t mean you are completely safe when driving on icy roads. Other motorists and road users may either not be aware of the best precautions to take when roads are icy, or they may simply not bother to follow them.
Inexperienced drivers are especially likely to get themselves into trouble on icy roads. They may well have never experienced the conditions before and therefore not know how to react to that terrifying feeling of losing control of the car as it slips on the ice.
Be prepared: The best precaution to take when roads are icy is to have your car ready for the conditions before you even set off on your journey. Check your tyres and ensure the tread and pressure are at the right levels. It’s also vitally important to ensure your brakes are in full working order and your handbrake works properly in case you have to park on a slope. Of course, these are all things you should be doing anyway but are extra important when it’s icy.
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Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice