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Advice for driving in the snowy weather

As we reported at the end of last week, snow is on the way (in fact, looking out the window as we write, it appears to have just arrived). Obviously, snow can make driving very hazardous, and the best piece of advice is to make sure you ask yourself if you really need to make your journey, but there are a few other tips you can follow to help keep safe. We turned to the Institute of Advanced Motoring for the low down.

- Make sure you clear the windows for all round visibility, as well as the snow from the roof of your car

- get your speed right - too fast reduces control, too slow loses momentum

- set off gently in second gear, avoiding high revs. High gears improve control

- plan your journey - busier roads are likely to be gritted

- on bends reduce speed early, before you turn the wheel

- slow down before you descend a hill

- keep moving, even if it is only at walking pace

- keep a track of where you are so you can tell the emergency services your location if you break down

- If you get stuck, don't keep trying to move if the wheels spin. This will only dig you in deeper

Stay safe and remember, the best method of transport in the snow is on a sledge in your local park!

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