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Snow sense

For most people driving in the snow can be daunting. The following tips should help you on your way. First, remove any snow from the top of your car as breaking sharply could cause snow to fall on to the windscreen and hamper your vision. Try to set off in as high a gear as possible (second or third usually), this will reduce the risk of your wheels spinning and give you more grip to the road surface, but don’t use too much acceleration as this will also cause your wheels to spin.

You may need to leave as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap between you and the car in front. If you do encounter a skid, come off the accelerator immediately and steer gently into it – for example, if the rear of the car is sliding to the right, steer to the right. If you steer away from the skid it can cause your car to spin. Do not take your hands off the steering wheel or stamp your foot on the brakes. Finally, if the road has not been gritted, be wary of driving in the wheel tracks of other vehicles as compressed snow is likely to be icier than fresh snow.