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How to drive in snow/winter?

Highways Agency has given few tips on how to safely drive in winter weather and pass lgv theory test .

The most widespread snow in recent years has decimated the road, rail and air network. Obviously, the advice to avoid travelling applies, but for those who do venture on to the roads there are a number of driving and survival tips to bear in mind

Skidding is the greatest danger. Drive carefully, with smooth, gentle application of accelerator, steering and, particularly, brakes. If the vehicle starts to skid, gently lift off the accelerator and steer in the direction of the skid.

Stopping distances in winter:

  • When roads are slippery it will take longer to stop. Up to 10 times longer. So, drop your speed, and give yourself more time to slow down and stop.
  • Drive with care even if roads have been treated.

In freezing conditions, look out for vehicles spreading salt, and snow ploughs.

Make sure you watch out for salt spreaders in winter. They'll indicate they are spreading salt by flashing amber beacons and will drive at less than 40mph. Don't overtake these vehicles unless it is safe.


It's generally best to stay well back because salt is thrown across the width of the road.

The same goes for snow ploughs. Flashing amber beacons mean they are likely to be clearing snow. Don't overtake them unless the lane you intend to use has been cleared. If you're following any of these vehicles it's better to keep well back because snow or salt is thrown across the width of the road.


Breaking down on the motorway:

  • Pull onto the hard shoulder, park as far over to the left as you can, away from traffic, and turn on your hazard warning lights.
  • Get yourself and any passengers out of the vehicle immediately, using the doors on the left hand side furthest from the traffic. While you wait for help, keep well away from the carriageway and hard shoulder and do not try even the simplest of repairs.
  • Try to use the emergency roadside telephones rather than a mobile phone. This will help traffic officers and emergency services know exactly where you are.

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