Prepared for the conditions

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Wet ice (glare ice), very cold snow and ice is hard to drive on. Try to avoid driving in these situations until the road is gritted.
It is recommended the following items be carried in the vehicle during winter: – A scraper and stiff-bristled brush to remove ice and snow from windows and wiper blades. – A sturdy, flat board to be placed under the jack to give firm support. – A shovel to dig the vehicle out of snowdrifts. – Extra window washer fluid to refill the reservoir tank. – A good set of chains if you have ambitious plans.
Clean all snow and ice from the car before you drive.
Drive with caution and accelerate gently.
Allow more distance for stopping and following. Do not move the steering wheel quickly. Drive slower than you normally would.
If you have had to stop, before going on again, back up about 300mm, turn the wheel away from the original direction of travel and steer around the chock of snow you will have created when you stopped.
If your vehicle has cruise control, do not use it on icy roads. Rapid changes in tyre adhesion can result in wheel spin and loss of control.
Anticipate potential dangers such as ice on bridges, snow-covered lane markings, stalled cars, poor visibility and other drivers who may be unprepared for changing road conditions such as ice in shaded areas.
Low-beam headlights provide better road illumination in snow than highbeam.
Try not to brake while on ice and avoid any sudden steering manoeuvres. If you need to brake, use the ‘‘squeeze’’ technique — push on the brake pedal with steadily increasing force.
If you lock the wheels, release the brake pedal and repeat the squeeze technique.
If your vehicle has anti-lock braking, continuous firm braking is usually recommended. Check your owner’s manual for proper procedure.
In a skid, ease off the accelerator and don’t lock up the brakes. Carefully steer in the direction of the skid and, when straightened, proceed in the direction you wanted to go.
In a manual vehicle, push the clutch to the floor. This will equalise the traction of the wheels. In an automatic, just release the accelerator.
Regardless of the season and driving conditions, it is a good idea to have your car serviced regularly to ensure that you and your passengers are safe.
Visit your local MTA member today and make vehicle safety a priority. – Copy: Motor Trade Association