Here’s some Winter driving tips from Cumbria County Council:
Ice – Slow down, steer gently and use the highest gear you can. If you have to brake, use short, even applications, not heavy sustained pressure. Look out for other skid traps like frost and wet leaves. Always be conscious that ‘black ice’ may occur on winter roads. Black ice is a thin coating of ice on a roadway – while not truly black, it is transparent, allowing the roadway to be seen through it.
Fog – Use dipped headlights, keep your windscreen clear and drive so that you can stop in the distance you can see. Use rear fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres.
Rain – Use dipped headlights, keep your speed down and keep well back from the vehicle in front. If you come to a flood, slow right down, but keep your revs high.
Hail – Slow down and use dipped headlights. Beware of slush on the road after a hail storm.
Snow – If the sun dazzles, reduce speed and use your visor. If your tyres won’t grip, there may be a salt/grit heap or bin nearby. Spread salt/grit in front of your driving wheels and set off in the highest gear you can. If you are caught in heavy snow, wrap up warm and stay inside your vehicle if possible.
If you have to travel allow extra time and drive with care.