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Frost and ice tips for motorists

Winter driving12/11/12

By Chris Gibbings

Dealing with frost and ice is the topic for tips from the head of training at the Institute of Advanced Motoristy (IAM), who warns to "be prepared for the worst".

Simon Elstow, in charge of training at IAM Drive & Survive, listed a range of measures for safety on wintry roads.

When on icy roads the safest option is "to drive as if you're walking on eggshells", said Mr Elstow.

Motorists should make sure they have de-icers and scrapers and start journeys in second gear, letting the clutch out and accelerating mildly - to prevent the wheels from spinning.

"Icy conditions can affect accelerating, steering and braking," said Mr Elstow.

Once on your way, keep driving in higher gears and moderate speed to stay in control of the vehicle.

It is also important to remember to leave a big enough gap between yourself and the car in front because stopping distances are increased by up to a factor of 10 in such conditions.

The fact that the main roads are the more likely ones to be gritted could help decide the route and, at the end of your trip, one final way of avoiding involvement in an accident is to consider carefully where you park.

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