I was talking to a few people this morning and found out that they really didn't know how to drive in snow as they were skidding all over the place on the snow and ice. Especially on tonights news showed a car in bedded into a house about 2m off the ground.
Here are a few tips:
First of all you must ask yourself is your journey really necessary? If it isn't then its best to stay at home.
Speed, you must reduce your speed, the worse the conditions are slower, you must go, especially as your stopping distances are increased X 10. So make sure you have left plenty of room between you and the car in front. You really don't have any braking power. In fact the best thing to do is come off the gas early and let the car slow down by its self. Then use the brake very gently when the car speed is at Granddad on his Zimmer frame walking pace to bring the car to a gentle stop.
If you can't move the car off in first gear, because your wheels are spinning, try to move off in second gear or very gently in first gear without any gas.
If you are going up a hill, make sure the car in front of you has reached the top before setting off. So you can get up the hill without stopping as you might not be able to get the car moving again.
When you go round corners make sure you have really slowed the car down to much lower speed than you would do normally. Stay off your gas until the car is straight and then very gently go back on the gas. What you need is less power, therefore if normally do a corner in second gear then you can do the corner in third gear, depending on your speed.
If you do find yourself skidding then immediately come off the gas pedal and push the clutch down very quickly, this should help to reduce the skid. though prevention is better than the cure. Usually the biggest cause of a skid is SPEED
I hope this helps. Has anyone esle has any other tips for driving in the snow and ice?