With a yellow weather warning for ice, which currently applies to Liverpool – there could be chaos on untreated areas.
Winter has officially arrived, and drivers must be prepared.
12 things to think about before going on a car trip in icy conditions
Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said: “The Gritters are on our routes around the clock, but it is still important to drive in the conditions when snow is forecast.
A survey by Goodyear Tyres found that over half – 53% – of drivers found driving in snow and ice nerve-wracking.
Road and rail disruptions are likely – so we looked at some tips to help drivers cope with winter conditions.
“If you have to drive in the morning, be sure to keep your distance and reduce your speed, because even under seemingly normal conditions and if the snow doesn’t settle, it can be slippery if there are ice surfaces or if no fresh salt has been worked into the road surface.
Even though we might like to do it, for most of us it is not an option to stay at home in front of the fire – so here is the preparation for driving in snow, ice and icy cold:
2. allow yourself more time in the morning to clear your car windows and mirrors of snow and frost before you set off…
1. make sure that you have enough tread and pressure on your tires – it may sound obvious, but this will ensure that your car grips better when driving on ice and snow You can easily check the tread depth of your tires by placing a 20p coin in the tread of your tire. When the outer edge of the coin is visible, the tire is approaching the legal minimum tread depth and you should consider replacing it.
3. make sure that your windshield washer and de-icer is filled up.
5. know how to deal with understeer on slippery roads. When understeering, where the car does not turn as much as you would like it to because the front tires have lost grip, you should not increase your steering angle or brake, as this would only make the situation worse. Instead, take your foot off the gas pedal and do not step on the brake.
4. plan your trip and watch the weather forecast. Keep up to date with weather warnings on https:// www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings and traffic reports on http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or @HighwaysNWEST on Twitter.
The weight of your car will now shift forward. Carefully reduce the steering angle. You should be able to steer your car gently back in the desired direction.
At the same time, steer in the same direction in which the rear end slides. Look in the direction in which you want to let the car drive. This way you are ready to adjust the path of the car as soon as it starts to respond to your corrections.
7. pay attention to your speed. It should be obvious, but the roads are much more treacherous in bad weather. Be aware of longer braking distances in wet or icy conditions, which can affect the grip of your tires on the road.
6. you should also know how to deal with oversteering when a car turns more than you want because the rear tires have lost grip. Accelerate gently – paying close attention to the car’s response – and the weight of your car will shift back to the rear wheels.