How to steer clear of ice issues on the road

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Road safety charity the IAM offers weekly tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger.

With temperatures plunging, the IAM is issuing the following tips for dealing with the conditions:

> Ensure you have de-icer and a scraper. Before setting off, make sure you clean any ice or condensation from all the windows so that your visibility is clear.

> When you set off, do so in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently.

> As you drive, stay in higher gears to minimise the possibility of wheel spin.

> Stopping distances are increased by up to 10 times in icy conditions, so leave much more distance than usual between your car and the car in front.

> If your car loses grip, take your foot off the accelerator, and point the front wheels where you want to go.

> Bear in mind, after the frost has gone, ice can remain in areas which are shaded by trees and buildings, including bridges.