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Driving In Ice and Hail

Ice is one of the most hazardous of all driving conditions. Black ice is particularly treacherous because it is transparent and harder to spot compared to snow, frozen slush or thicker white ice.

As a result, many drivers often don’t realise they are actually driving on ice and don’t reduce their speeds.

Here are some useful tips for driving in ice:

  • Only drive if it’s absolutely necessary and don't be afraid to turn back if you think the conditions are too treacherous
  • Make sure you windows are completley clear before you start driving.
  • If you’re driving to meet someone, let them know where you are travelling and when you expect to arrive
  • You may need to leave as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap between you and the car in front
  • If you do encounter a skid, steer gently into it - for example, if the rear of the car is sliding to the right, steer to the right. Do not take your hands off the steering wheel or stamp your foot on the brakes
  • Controls such as the brakes, as well as the steering, accelerator and even gear changing should be operated both smoothly and slowly
  • A higher gear may be more appropriate to aid the tyres gripping when moving off on packed ice

Driving In Hail

Hail storms are extremely dangerous to drive in. Not only can they cause extensive damage to your car but can also be harmful to anyone who decides to venture out of their vehicle. If you have to travel, plan your route to avoid known affected areas. We also recommend informing relatives and friends of your intended route in case of an emergency.

The following tips should always be followed when driving in hail storms:

  • Stay inside the vehicle. Hail falls at fast speeds, and can cause injury
  • If hail is severe, stop driving and pull over to a safe place so the hail doesn't break the windshield or any windows. Stop under an overpass if you can, or pull out of traffic lanes and on to a hardshoulder
  • Keep your car angled so that the hail is hitting the front of your car. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and backglass are not and are much more susceptible to breakage
  • Avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water

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