How to stay safe on the roads when it starts to snow

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With snow a possibility this weekend, here’s our guide to staying safe on the roads when the white stuff begins to fall.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the east of England, which could bring with it a band of rain and snow between 9pm tonight and 3pm tomorrow.

While tonight’s offering of snow is only likely to be a sprinkling, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has released the following advice for driving in snowy conditions.

• Think about the safest possible way to get to your destination. If you can, avoid travelling on quieter roads or country lanes as these are less likely to be gritted.

• Don’t forget to clear off snow piled on the roof and bonnet as it can fall and blow on to the windscreen or the vehicle behind.

• Start your car gently from stationary and avoid high revs. If road conditions are icy and you drive a manual car, move off in a higher gear rather than first gear. Stay in a higher gear to avoid wheel spin.

• Never drive too fast that you risk losing control, but avoid driving so slowly that you risk losing momentum, especially when driving up a slope.

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• Double your stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you. This will give you more time to slow down without relying on your brakes.

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