Motorists advised on winter driving

A motoring charity has advised drivers to take safety precautions during the winter with Britain braced for more chaotic weather.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which is concerned over vehicles skidding on ice in freezing conditions, urged has motorists to increase the stopping distance.

It has called upon drivers to plan their journeys using busy roads as they should be gritted and also to carry an emergency kit in case of breakdown.

Motorists have been advised to drive in the clearest lane where possible and to keep in a higher gear to have better control.

It warned drivers to use foglights only if necessary and to use dipped headlights to ensure they are visible to others.

Peter Rodger, IAM chief examiner, said: "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.

"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," he added.

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