South Central Ambulance Service's advice for drivers in icy and snowy conditionsBy Hugh Fort
January 11, 2013
Ambulance bosses have released advice for drivers as cold weather approaches this weekend.
The temperature is predicted to drop overnight and the South Central Ambulance Service has handy tips for anyone out driving should it snow heavily.
The service advises drivers to ensure they've got enough fuel to get where they're going, a mobile phone, de-icer, shovel, blanket, jump-leads, warning triangle, hi-viz jackets, a hot flask and food in the event of getting trapped.
Drivers are also warned stopping distances can be up to 10 times longer when driving in ice and snow.
The services says to drive properly use all the cars controls, the accelerator, brakes, clutch and steering, as gently and progressively as possible and says most modern cars can pull away without using the accelerator, which will help the car get maximum grip.
The service also advices to pull away in second gear to avoid wheel-spinning and to maintain a constant speed and to clean shoes and boots before driving and that if you do get stuck put a sack or an old rug around the wheels to get grip and, once you are moving, try not to stop until you are on firmer ground.
Drivers are also warned not clearing snow from the roof can be dangerous and also a criminal offence.
The snow is likely to slip off on to the windscreen and drivers can also be fined up to £2,500 if police consider their vehicle to be causing a danger to other cars.
The final piece of advice is that if you do break down, stay with your vehicle.
For traffic information over the weekend visit www.highways.gov.uk/traffic.aspx