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Professionals have teamed up to create a list of safety tips for traveling in the snow due to set in now winter is officially here as Britain is forecast-ed to face a fortnight of freezing temperatures with potential snow and ice with motorists being urged to proceed with caution. The forecast comes as cold winds blow in from eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

Tips from the motoring experts.

According to Steve Miller, AA’s Patrol of the year, using as high a gear as possible when on the move will help reduce the risk of losing traction.

Peter Rodger, Chief examiner at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), motorists should venture out only if vital. He commented, “Avoid traveling unless completely necessary, and don’t ignore police warnings or advice to not travel on specific routes. Can you work remotely, or change your schedule?”

The full IAM list of winter car safety tips.

To help keep you and other drivers safe during the oncoming weather,

  • When driving in snow, get your speed right – not too fast that you risk losing control, but not so slow that you risk losing momentum.
  • Start gently from stationary, avoiding high revs.
  • Stay in a higher gear for better control.
  • If it is slippery, in a manual car, move off in a higher gear rather than using first.
  • If you get yourself into a skid the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the pedals and steer.
  • Only use the brake if you cannot steer out of trouble.
  • Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front so you are not relying on your brakes to be able to stop.
  • It’s better to think ahead as you drive to keep moving, even if it is at walking pace.
  • Plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted.
  • Slow down before you get to bends so that by the time you turn the steering wheel you have already lost enough speed.
  • On a downhill slope get your speed low before you start the descent, and do not let it build up – it is much easier to keep it low than to try and slow down once things get slippery.

Along with this, the AA is urging motorists to if possible get their car, van or motorbike put through a pre-winter check to flag up any potential problems. Keith Miller commenting that it’s, “Best to get them sorted now than at the side of the road on a freezing January morning.”

So if possible, follow these winter safety tips top ensure yourself a hopefully accident free winter.

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