Slip-sliding away
5th January 2010
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Having lived in Sweden for 3 years, I was unfazed by the recent icy conditions as I set out to see a client earlier this week. I didn't feel quite so relaxed half and hour later after skidding across an icy road and I got to thinking about an earlier discussion with Lee Gosden of EDA Driving Academy. Chatting about whether the snow had caused him any difficulties with his learner drivers, he calmly replied that it was a fantastic opportunity to help them learn about handling a car in snow and icy conditions. He was actually looking forward to this opportunity to enhance their learning experience.

I asked Lee what were his tips for handling vehicles in the snow and ice and he gave the following advice:

  • Make sure all windows, roof and lights are cleared of any ice and snow before setting off - you need to see properly and others need to see you!
  • Make sure your washer bottle has fluid in it with antifreeze.
  • Use second gear to move off in slippery conditions, sometimes third will be needed and ease the clutch gently to move off smoothly.
  • Keep good distance from the car in front especially on hills and bends and on the approach to junctions.
  • Be aware that bridges, painted road markings and metal drain covers will be more slippery than the rest of the road.
  • If you get stuck in snow or on ice try putting a piece of clothing or car mat under the stuck wheel to allow it to grip.

Finally always remember  

  • The stopping distance in snow and ice is ten times that of a good dry road!

Perhaps I should have had a lesson with Lee on how to drive in these treacherous conditions! We always think we can cope but the reality is often very different.

If you want to know more about how to drive in the snow or if you're learning to drive Lee Gosden can be contacted on 07746 807 046 or 01279 658564.  




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