Even if it’s not snowing outside, icy roads can cause a few issues when getting out and about.
Whether it’s trying to keep your vehicle on the road or making sure it’s prepared for sub-zero temperatures in the first place, there are a few necessary steps you need to take to help get you ready for the harshest of conditions.
Here are a few driving tips to get you started.
Preparation is key before starting
Before you embark on your journey across icy roads, there are a few things you should consider to make it a little bit less dangerous and stressful.
- Postponing any avoidable journeys until the icy roads improve.
- Giving yourself plenty of extra time to factor in any traffic and to stop you from rushing.
- Charging your phone before or packing a car phone charger in case of an emergency.
- Having an AA Breakdown & Emergency Kit handy – including food and water supplies.
- Making sure you have Halfords Breakdown Cover.
- Clearing any ice or demisting your windscreens, mirrors and windows using the Halfords 5pc Winter Kit.
When you actually start driving, always leave plenty of space between you and the car in front, as icy roads will reduce the tyre grip and drastically increase braking distances.
If you do still skid, don’t jerk the wheel as you can easily lose control. Instead, gently steer to correct your vehicle’s line.
Keep it smooth
While driving, you should always try to accelerate, brake, steer and change gear smoothly.
By doing this, you’ll reduce the likelihood of skidding.
Stay in a high gear
On more extreme icy roads, one of the best driving tips is to try to stay in a higher gear as this will help your vehicle to grip better on packed ice.
You should always keep your eyes peeled for any hazards up in front as well. Remember, other cars will be going a lot slower and pedestrians may take longer to cross the road.
Be smart and go slow.
Don’t stop up a hill
If you are approaching a hill and you can see that there’s traffic ahead, don’t carry on and stop half-way up it. If you do this, you could end up finding it hard to grip and get the momentum to pull your vehicle up the incline again.
Similarly, you shouldn’t use it as an excuse to speed up hills just to get past them. Doing this could result in you losing control of your vehicle.
So there you have it! We hope you found our driving tips for icy roads useful.
Don’t forget to stock up on all your driving essentials from the Halfords website before you set off on your next journey.
For more advice on negotiating tricky motoring conditions, check out our previous blog: ‘Top 6 winter driving tips’.