How to brake on ice
When driving on ice, it is important to remember that when you brake, you will need to give yourself a stopping distance of 10 times your normal distance, and you need to allow a wide gap between yourself and other cars on the road.
If you’re driving an automatic vehicle, then this means you need to begin braking much earlier than you normally would, in order to come to a complete stop.
If you’re driving a manual vehicle, then you should change your gears earlier than normal to allow for speed to fall naturally and only use the brakes to gently come to a stop.
If you find yourself needing to use brakes on ice, then gently tap the brakes repeatedly.
How to correct a skid on ice
If you find yourself skidding on icy roads, then you need to steer gently into the direction your vehicle is skidding.
If the boot of your vehicle is sliding to the right, then gently steer with the vehicle to the right. Never brake, and never take your hands off the steering wheel.
How to corner on ice
Driving on rural roads can be incredibly fun as you corner through all the bends, but when winter driving it can be very dangerous.
If you can time your turn perfectly and drive at a steady speed in your highest gear, then you will not have to use brakes on a bend. When you don’t use brakes, you avoid the risk of skidding on ice or losing control of the vehicle.
Be gentle with the accelerator, don’t use the clutch if possible, steer smoothly, and avoid braking on the bend.