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Driving in Icy Conditions

In icy conditions drivers should have the following information and advice in mind –

Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front.

On slippery roads it can take up to 10 times longer to stop.

Reduce your speed and allow more time to slow down.

Stop by decelerating earlier, rather than rely on braking alone.

Drive with care even if you think the roads have been treated.

Use dipped headlights so you can see and be seen.

If visibility is extremely poor (less than 100 metres visibility) then use fog lights, but switch them off whenever conditions improve or they will cause undue dazzle, which is an offence.

Take care on flooded roads. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb, select first gear and move forward immediately to avoid stalling the engine, while maintaining high engine revs.

Test your brakes after passing through the water.

On flood affected roads, if you vehicle loses grip, or aquaplanes, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.

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