Driving Safely Tips

Black Ice

Lookout for ice, black roads do not mean ice free roads. Winter weather can be very variable and it is easy to be caught out by sudden changes. Black ice can be a particular danger; it is not readily visible and can persist or recur even after the road has been treated with salt.

Salting and gritting will not prevent roads from icing up in extreme conditions. Every driver should take account of prevailing weather and road conditions.

Driver Safety Advice

  • Only make journeys that are absolutely necessary.
  • Check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling.
  • Ensure that your vehicle is prepared and fit for you journey.
  • Carry the following items :-
    • Warm clothing
    • Food and drink 
    • Suitable footwear
    • Torch, 
    • Mobile phone 
    • Spade or shovel
    • Ice Scraper or De-Icer
  • Ensure your windows and mirrors are clear, and any build up of snow is removed before setting out.
  • Allow extra time for making your journey at a reduced speed.
  • Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive.
  • Use main roads as much as possible.  It is better to travel a little further on a main road that has been treated than use untreated minor roads.
  • Use dipped headlights when driving in poor conditions.
  • Avoid sudden turns, harsh braking or acceleration
  • Drive in a higher gear than usual to help prevent loss of grip
  • Allow extra braking and stopping distance on snow covered, slushy or icy roads.
  • Take care when travelling behind winter service vehicles and maintain a safe distance behind them.
  • If stuck in snow, do not abandon your vehicle: stay until help comes.  If you must leave your vehicle try to make sure that it is out of the path of gritters and snow ploughs.
  • When stuck, keep the vehicles engine running to keep warm, but ensure adequate ventilation exists to avoid a built up of suffocation exhaust fumes

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