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Take care on icy roads today Take care on icy roads today


Take care on icy roads today

Published 15th January 2013Read Time 2 min

It’s another icy start today.  You can keep up to date with the worst affected areas as always through our Roadwatch updates available online here, via @aaroadwatch, on the radio and every morning on Ireland am.
Here’s a few quick reminders from one of our Patrols, Trevour Freeman, on how to adapt your driving style to the road conditions:

  • Give yourself plenty of extra time to deice your car and allow for traffic delays.   Pouring a kettle on the window is not a good idea as it could weaken/crack the glass.     
  • Give the battery a chance! Start the car first and don’t switch on other electrics until after it’s started.
  • Fully clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer.
  • Remember stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice.
  • Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving.
  • Wear comfortable, dry shoes
  • Always apply brakes gently. Release them and de-clutch if the car skids.
  • Check the thread depth on your tyres.  We recommend no less than 3mm.
  • Pay attention to your brakes.  If you notice any warning signs that they’re not responding as well as they should, take your car to a garage straight away to have them inspected.