A survey has shown that over 260 motorists from the Midlands focused on driving and vehicle safety in winter.
The results showed that less than a third of motorists surveyed pack a basic winter resilience kit and just under half didn’t know the UK minimum tyre tread depth for cars.
So how can drivers stay safe on the roads?
Before setting off:
Ask yourself if the journey is really necessary
Allow time to prepare the car; make sure all windows and mirrors are free from ice and snow and the heater has de-misted the inside
Check the lights and wipers are in good working order
Check the tyres are in good condition
Pack a basic winter resilience kit, including: ice scraper, de-icer, boots, shovel, first aid kit, sunglasses, jump leads, atlas or satnav, blankets and a torch. Other items may include a mobile phone with a fully charged battery, tow rope, blankets, warning triangle, bottled water and snacks, salt / sand (to help clear snow or ice) or an old sack or rug (to put under the wheels if you do get stuck)
SLOW DOWN. Ice can still be present, even on a gritted route
Remember stopping distances can be up to ten times further in icy conditions
Always apply brakes gently. Release them and depress clutch if the car skids
Manoeuvre carefully and gently
Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin
If you do get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip. Once on the move again, try not to stop until you reach firmer ground