We usually dress for the weather and at this time of year it means wrapping up with a hat, gloves, scarf, a big winter coat and appropriate shoes.
So, it makes sense when out on the road to adapt your driving behaviour for the weather and road conditions.
With white frosty mornings also comes icy roads, and that’s why Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards has put together some advice on how to deal with driving and riding in icy conditions:
Richard said: “As ever, preparation and planning are the key to worry-free driving when the mercury plummets.
“Plan your route carefully as major routes are likely to be treated with salt and less likely to be icy - but ice might still form in dips, on bridges and in shaded areas.
“Leave more time for your journey, respect the conditions and don’t rush. Factor in delays and give yourself plenty of time to clear the ice properly from all the windows of your car.”
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Notes to editors:
Richard Gladman is IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards.
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