Safe driving in snow and icy conditions

Stopping distances can be up to 10 times longer Credit: PA


  • Allow extra time for journeys.

  • Allow for time to de-ice the car.

  • Keep at least a quarter of a tank of fuel in case of unexpected delays.

  • Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer.

  • Try to travel on main roads, which are more likely to be gritted.


Gentle manoeuvres are key to safe driving in ice and snow, as stopping distances are up to 10 times longer. Drivers should:

  • Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving.

  • Gently pull away in second gear to avoid wheel-spin.

  • Leave plenty of room when driving uphill or wait until it's clear.

  • Avoid changing gear uphill.

  • Avoid changing gear on a hill.

  • Slow before going downhill, use a low gear and try to avoid braking.

  • Leave as much room as possible between you and the car in front.

  • Apply brakes gently.

  • If you get stuck, straighten the steering and clear snow from the wheels.

These tips are according to the AA. For further weather information, visit the Met Office.