Published Thursday, 20 October 2011
Today we’ll look at driving in winter conditions and some the things to be aware of.
In snow and ice
- it takes 10 times longer to stop in these conditions, so cut your speed
- manoeuvre gently, avoiding harsh steering, braking and acceleration
- drive in the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin
- keep the car well ventilated as a heater going full blast all the time can make you drowsy
- watch out for gritters and snowploughs
- take extra care when travelling behind winter maintenance vehicles
- salting vehicles can travel at speeds up to 40mph, spraying salt and grit across the road
- remember it takes time for the road salt to take effect
- watch out for irregular amounts of snow thrown up by snowploughs
- avoid the temptation to overtake snowploughs
- if you get stuck in a snowdrift, try to manoeuvre yourself out by moving slowly backwards and forwards using the highest gear you can
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council's Enterprise Resources Committee, Councillor Chris Thompson, said: "Obviously the winter weather can present some of the most difficult driving conditions.
"Snow, black ice and freezing fog - and in some extreme cases a combination of all three - none of them are likely to make driving enjoyable.
"I cannot stress enough how important it is to take the utmost care when driving in wintry conditions."