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IAM launch winter driving advice

12/11/2012

Driver training organisation IAM Drive & Survive has launched a winter driving manual in an attempt to keep motorists safe on Britain's roads.

The short guide is intended to educate UK drivers and car insurance policy holders on the dangers falling temperatures and bad weather bring across the country.

Simon Elstow, head of training at IAM, told the Press Association, "Now is the time to start thinking about how to adapt your driving to the wintry weather, so that when conditions become dangerously slippery you are ready to react safely.

"When the roads are icy the best advice is to drive as if you're walking on eggshells. Be prepared for the worst - icy conditions can affect accelerating, steering and braking. Being mentally prepared as well as having the right equipment is vital, so think about any problems you encountered last winter, and what you need to do to overcome them if they recur this year."

IAM's manual has a wide variety of tips, with planning a vital part of ensuring you reach your destination safely. The body advises that all drivers make sure they have full visibility before embarking on any journey and that they have both a de-icer and a window scraper with them.

Motorists are advised to set off in second gear to avoid any dangerous wheel spins and to stick to higher gears when driving whilst maintaining a safe speed. Drivers also need to be aware that stopping distances are greatly increased in wintry conditions so ample room should be left between vehicles.

IAM have also advised drivers to try and stay on main roads where possible as they are likely to be more frequented gritted and therefore safer.

 

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