Winter Weather Driving Tips From The IAM
17 Dec 09

With snow and ice affecting many parts of the country the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) has issued advice for safe winter driving.

Skidding on ice is the main concern for those driving in freezing conditions.

Peter Rodger, IAM Chief Examiner says: ““When driving in snow, get your speed right - not too fast so that you risk losing control, but not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it – and brake, steer and accelerate as smoothly as possible,”

“Start gently from stationary, avoiding high revs. If you get yourself into a skid the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the accelerator and steer, never use the brake.”

More winter driving advice for the IAM:

• Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front.

• Plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted.

• On motorways stay in the clearest lane where possible, away from slush and ice. Keep within the clear tyre tracks if you can.

• Stay in a higher gear for better control.

• As conditions improve make sure your foglights are only on if necessary – they can dazzle other drivers.

• In falling snow use dipped headlights to make yourself visible to others (especially pedestrians)


• Check the weather in advance – don’t ignore police warnings about closed roads.

• Make sure you have an emergency kit so you are prepared in the event of a breakdown. This should include a torch, food for energy, water and a blanket. On longer journeys always let someone know you have set off and tell them your planned route.

• Ensure your mobile is charged up so you can make a call in an emergency – but don’t use it when driving!

• Do a proper winter check of your vehicle, looking at washer fluid, de-icer/scraper and tyres.

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1. The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) directly influences the driving and riding of more than 100,000 full members in the UK and Ireland. Established in 1956, the IAM is today best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving course, which is available to car, motorcycle and commercial licence holders. The IAM has grown to become the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to raising driving standards, engaging with the road-using public and influencing road safety policy. The commercial division of the IAM operates through occupational driver training companies IAM Fleet UK and Drive & Survive.
2. A 2006 report by Brunel University, following an 18 month study, concluded that “advanced driver training produces safer drivers and lower accident involvement”, with measurable improvements in knowledge, skills and attitude.
3. In January 2007, the IAM Motoring Trust was established as the Policy and Research Division to undertake research, promote practical policies, act as an advocate for safer roads, safer drivers and safer vehicles and encourage responsible motoring through education and training.