Don’t ignore police advice says BACS

After a night of uncharacteristically heavy snow in our region the Brighton and Central Sussex Group of Advanced Motorists (BACS) has today issued advice on how to stay safe should the worst happen!

Chris Belton, Chair of BACS: “Don’t ignore police warnings or advice to not travel on specific routes.  It could be one of the worst decisions you make.”

The advice from BACS is clear:

  1. Keep track of where you are. If you do have to call for assistance, you need to be able to tell the breakdown or emergency services your location, so they can find you.
  2. If you must leave your vehicle to telephone for assistance, find a safe place to stand away from the traffic flow. If you have just lost control the next driver could well do the same in the same place
  3. On motorways and dual carriageways it is always better to leave your vehicle and stand a short distance behind and to the safe side of it. Don’t stand in front of it if at all possible. Balancing the risks of a collision and hypothermia is something that depends on your situation.

If staying at home in the warm is not an option, BACS also offers the following crucial advice on driving safely through this period:

  • Make sure your windows are clear and that you have all-round visibility before you set off
  • Take the time to clear snow off the roof of your car
  • When driving in snow, get your speed right – not too fast that you risk losing control, but not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it
  • Start gently from stationary, avoiding high revs
  • Stay in a higher gear for better control, and if it is slippery, in a manual car move off in a higher gear, rather than just using first
  • If you get yourself into a skid the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the pedals and steer
  • Only use the brake if you cannot steer out of trouble
  • Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front so you are not relying on your brakes to be able to stop – It simply may not happen!
  • Plan your journey around busier roads and avoid using short cuts on minor roads – they are less likely to be cleared or treated with salt, especially country lanes and housing areas

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