How to drive in the winter.

The most widespread snow in recent years – bringing the Country to a halt –  decimated the road, rail and air network in 2010. Obviously, the advice to avoid travelling applied, but for those who did venture on to the roads there were a number of driving and survival tips to be borne in mind.

When driving:

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.

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.

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.

Make sure all the windows are clear of snow, properly de-iced and de-misted before you set out. Make sure that the windscreen washer bottle is topped up, and contains the correct ratio of screen wash to ensure maximum cleaning and to prevent it freezing. Sunglasses will reduce the glare of low winter sun on the snow.

Just in case you get stuck:

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. Make sure you have a good torch and spare batteries in the car. Carry a shovel to help you remove snow from around the wheels to give the car a chance to grip the road. A Mars bar and a bottle of water, a blanket, and de-icer can be essential.