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02 Mar 2016
**DRIVING IN SNOW AND ICE**
PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY!
• If your tyres are making virtually no noise this could be a sign you're driving on ice. • If your vehicle skids, depress the clutch and turn the steering wheel into the direction of the skid. When the vehicle straightens steer along the road. Don't brake - it will just lock up your wheels and you'll skid further. • Stopping distances are ten times longer in ice and snow. • Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving. • Reduce your risk of skidding by reducing your speed, too much power is often the source of problems in snow and ice. • Wear comfortable, dry shoes: cumbersome, snow-covered boots will slip on the pedals. • Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin. • Try to maintain a constant speed, choosing the most suitable gear in advance to avoid having to change down while climbing a hill. • When driving downhill, choose third or fourth gear to prevent skidding. • Always apply brakes gently.