Snow and ice in Esher

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By stlawrence2 | Monday, February 06, 2012, 13:59

The snow may be melting but drivers in Surrey are being warned to take extra care following the snowfall at the weekend which has left many roads icy and treacherous. Forecasters are warning of possible sleet again in Esher today, although there is not expected to be any more snow and temperatures will remain low. There will be a sharp frost tonight so roads will be icy tomorrow as well. 

But how many of us really know how to drive safely during icy conditions? And what happens if your car starts to skid? Here are a few tips:

- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you 

 - If your tyres are making virtually no noise this could be a sign that you are driving on ice. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake

- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists. Using low gears will help you keep traction, especially on hills.

- Higher gears can be used for better overall control but do not use cruise control on icy roads and be especially careful on bridges and infrequently travelled roads, which will freeze first.

- Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges. 

- Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads. You should clear any snow off the roof of your car before you drive off. It can slip down over the windscreen and obscure your view or blow onto the vehicle behind you 

- If your vehicle skids depress the clutch and turn the steering wheel into the direction of the skid. When the vehicle straightens, steer along the road. Do not brake – it will just lock up your wheels and you will skid further. 





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