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Driving in icy and snowy weather


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Driving in icy and snowy weather

Rule 231

Drive extremely carefully when the roads are icy. Avoid sudden actions as these could cause loss of control.

You should:

  • drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently
  • drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach a bend. Having slowed down, steer smoothly round the bend, avoiding sudden actions
  • check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise.

Read all the rules about driving in icy or snowy weather.


How the roadworthiness directive will affect heavy vehicle testing

In our latest Moving On blog post, Gordon Thomson explains more about the changes taking place in May 2018 such as:

  • which heavy vehicles will need to have an annual test for the first time
  • changes to testing for heavy vehicles on the Scottish islands
  • testing for fast tractors that travel more than 40 km/h
  • changes to categorisation defects when testing heavy vehicles

A very Happy Christmas to all our trainers and staff who have worked so hard this year