Play our radio interview with advice for winter driving (click the play symbol to start)Driving on snow and ice
Driving on snow and ice can be challenging and has safety and financial consequences for the unwary.
It is important to prepare your car properly, to clear all of the windows and also the lights of snow, not forgetting to clear the roof to prevent the snow sliding down the windscreen or blowing off distracting other road users. You must also clear your number plates.
When driving on icy and snowy roads the golden rule is to drive very slowly, ice can be patchy. When using the controls it is important to have a light and delicate touch, driving at the lowest speed and in the highest gear possible. Remember to allow more time for your journey.
It is important to have a safe separation distance from the vehicle in front, the usual of advice of the two second is not enough in icy conditions, braking distances can be as much as ten times as much. Even the car on the right is only about 65m from the car ahead, about 1/3 of the possible stopping distance.
Devon County Council is responsible for over 12,800 km (8,000 miles) of road from major A roads to narrow country lanes. This is the longest network in England.
The British winter is unpredictable. Bad weather can strike suddenly so the best advice when severe weather hits is to stay off the road. If you must drive, remember over 90% of crashes are attributed to human error, so make sure you are prepared and drive for the conditions.