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Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, in response to the Met Office’s warnings, he is advising on driving on ice.


 09 February 2012

Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, in response to the Met Office’s warnings, he is advising on driving on ice.


Rodger offers six tips to drive confidently in icy conditions:


1) Ensure you have de-icer and a scraper. Before setting off, make sure you clean any ice or condensation from all the windows so that your visibility is clear.


2) When you set off, do so in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently.


3) As you drive, stay in higher gears to minimise the possibility of wheel spin.


4) Stopping distances are increased by up to 10 times in icy conditions, so leave much more distance than usual between your car and the car in front.


5) If your car loses grip, take your foot off the accelerator, and point the front wheels where you want to go.


6) Bear in mind, after the frost has gone, ice can remain in areas which are shaded by trees and buildings, including bridges.


Rodger said: “We all need to respect that the weather changes and make adjustments to deal with it. Being mentally prepared as well as having the right equipment is vital.”


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Notes to editors:

1. www.drivingadvice.org.uk.

2. Peter Rodger is the IAM’s chief examiner

3. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling andThe commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

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