Stopping distances are 10 times longer in Ice and Snow!!!
If the road was wet the stopping distance would be twice the distance, on icy roads the stopping distance would be ten times as much.
The Thinking distance (in blue) is the time it takes you to think about stopping and hit the brakes.
The Braking distance (in red) is the time it takes for the car to come to a stop after you have applied the brakes.
General driving advice in Ice & Snow:
- Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads.
- Drive slowly, manoeuvre gently, decelerate more and brake less.
- Watch your speed and only drive as fast as the conditions allow.
- Try to limit gear changes by driving slowly in the highest gear possible, without straining your engine. If you have an automatic, take it out of Drive and go into 2.
- At night slow right down, and use your fog lamps if visibility drops below 100 metres.
- If your wheels lock and you go into a skid, ease off the accelerator or take your foot off the brake pedal and gently steer into the direction of the skid until your tyres grip the road again. Don’t overcorrect as you’ll end up sliding the other way.