Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 14, 2010 -- The most widespread snow in recent years has decimated the road, rail and air network. Obviously, the advice to avoid travelling applies, but for those who do venture on to the roads there are a number of driving and survival tips to bear in mind
Telegraph has given few tips on how to safely drive in winter weather. â¢ Skidding is the greatest danger. Drive carefully, with smooth, gentle application of accelerator, steering and, particularly, brakes. If the vehicle starts to skid, gently lift off the accelerator and steer in the direction of the skid. â¢ Be aware of black ice - it is most commonly found in areas that are shadowed from sun. Your car might be nice and warm, but never forget that it could be below freezing point outside. â¢ If the road has not been gritted, be wary of driving in the wheeltracks or other vehicles as compressed snow is likely to be more icy than undisturbed snow. â¢ Allow plenty of time for your journey and make sure you have a full tank of fuel before starting off - just in case you need to take a more circuitous route. Try to avoid travelling at dusk or in the dark. â¢ Watch your speed and remember that cyclists and pedestrians, as well as other vehicles, will be less visible. â¢ Make sure all the windows are clear of snow, properly de-iced and de-misted before you set out. â¢ Make sure that the windscreen washer bottle is topped up, and contains the correct ratio of screenwash to ensure maximum cleaning and to prevent it freezing. â¢ Sunglasses will reduce the glare of low winter sun on the snow. â¢ Don't be afraid to turn back if you think the conditions are too treacherous. â¢ Just in case you get stuck: Keep a bottle of water and high-energy food, such as chocolate, in case you break down or become stranded. Carry extra clothing, including a warm coat, gloves and hat. A high-visibility jacket is also recommended. â¢ Make sure you carry a mobile phone that is fully charged, and that you have the number of a breakdown organisation if you are a member. â¢ Make sure you have a good torch and spare batteries in the car. â¢ Carry a shovel to help you remove snow from around the wheels to give the car a chance to grip the road.
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