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Driving on Icy Roads – Our Tips

Can’t avoid driving on ice this winter? Our handy checklist and guide for driving on icy roads is here to make sure you stay as safe as possible.

by Eilidh

With the Beast from the East set to return in 2019, icy road conditions can be expected. Driving in icy conditions can be tricky and cause a lot of accidents. There’s a bunch of things to take into account such as longer stopping distances, route planning and visibility. We’ve put together some essential tips for driving on icy roads, if you can’t avoid heading out on them!

Checklist:

  • De-icer
  • Ice scraper
  • Torch
  • Warm clothing
  • Blanket
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Jump leads
  • Shovel
  • Warm food
  • Emergency food

Before you set off:

  • Clear all snow and ice from windows
  • Make sure your mirrors are clear and windows demisted
  • Ensure lights and number plates are clearly visible
  • Remove all snow that may fall off into the path of other road users
  • Check your planned route is clear, and that there’s no severe weather warnings

When you’re on the road:

  • Keep well back from the vehicle in front – stopping distances can be ten times greater than usual!
  • Take care when you’re overtaking vehicles spreading salt or other de-icer, especially if you’re a cyclist/motorcyclist.
  • Prepare for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances.
  • Listen to travel bulletins and look out for variable message signs that may provide info about weather, road and traffic conditions.
  • Drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible. Make sure you go particularly slowly on bends, and steer slowly, avoiding sudden actions.

It’s best to avoid driving on ice, but if you can’t avoid it – make sure you’re insured! Our Car Sharing Insurance is available from 1 hour to 30 days.

Eilidh

Hi I'm Eilidh 👋 I joined Veygo for a 3 month internship in June 2018 and loved it so much I decided to stay! I've been driving for 4 years and, despite being an awful singer, I am known to belt out performances of my fave songs in my car 👩‍🎤

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