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    Q304: Have you any tips for driving in the winter conditions / fog?

    Winter conditions -

    • you MUST have a full view of the road and traffic ahead, so clear snow and ice from all your windows
    • you MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
    • make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are de misted thoroughly
    • remove all snow from your roof and bonnet, to avoid it slipping or being blown over your windscreen, or flying into the path of another car
    • remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users
    • check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snow falls or severe weather are predicted.
    • Drive slowly making any movements slowly and calmly.
    • If you have to brake, just pump the brakes gently this will help to reduce skidding.
    • If you do skid then turn the wheel the opposite way and that should help to correct your car's position.
    • Always leave plenty of room between you and the car in front.
    • Make sure you have a spade, blanket and water in the car in case of emergencies.
    • Move off in second gear to get a better grip on the road surface.
    • Try not to brake if you are on a patch of ice unless necessary.
    • Call ahead and let someone know your expected time of arrival.
    • If you are going up a steep hill use as high a gear as possible to stop your wheels from slipping.
    • Make sure battery is fully charged.

    Fog -

    • Drive slower and watch carefully the road in front of you because fog can appear and disappear in an instant.
    • Use rear fog lights when visibility reduced to 100m or less.
    • Only use front fog lights when visibility is seriously reduced.
    • Turn radio off and open window slightly so you can hear other vehicles.
    • Do not follow the car in front too closely.
    • Do not use full beam head lights but dipped as these point to the road making it easier for you to see and for others to see you.
    • Use windscreen wipers and demisters.
    • If visibility reduced to less than 20/30m then your speed should be 20mph.

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