Tips for driving in icy conditions

We’ve already posted some advice on our website this winter for tackling high winds and storms, however many parts of the country are now experiencing ice and snow.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has issued some advice to help you stay safe if you’re living in or travelling to one of these affected areas:

  1. Preparation is important – check traffic updates before you leave for any road closures and look up weather reports to avoid travelling in the worst conditions
  2. Put a scraper and some de-icer in your car and make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
  3. Don’t pull away before your windows have thoroughly defrosted
  4. Set off in second gear and only apply low revs to prevent your wheels spinning, if your car or motorhome has an ‘ice’ setting then make sure you use it
  5. Keep your speed cautious and leave double the braking distance to the vehicle in front
  6. Select as low a gear as possible and make sure the rev count is low and steady
  7. Stick to main roads as these are more likely to have been gritted
  8. If you feel yourself skidding on ice, take your foot off the accelerator and steer into the skid. Do not slam on the breaks!
  9. When you reach your destination, park away from the road if possible – parking at the side of the road and forcing other vehicles to drive around you could result in an accident
  10. Make sure your windscreen wipers are turned off and in the off position as they may freeze and stick to the windscreen

Unfortunately even when we take the best of care, accidents sometimes happen on the roads. If this is the case, having an up to date motorhome insurance or caravan insurance policy could save you money and hassle.

For a no obligation quotation on your motorhome insurance or touring caravan insurance, call our friendly sales team today on Freephone 0800 614 849. Caravan owners can also buy tourer insurance online.