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Learning to drive: should I drive when there’s ice on the roads?
Learning to drive in the winter is no easy feat. You have to deal with rain, shorter bursts of precious day light and ice on the roads.
But we always encourage learners to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Getting experience in driving in different conditions will make you pass as a safer driver. But where do you draw the line when it comes to driving when there’s ice on the roads?
Should I drive when there’s ice on the roads?
We believe learners should always push themselves to experience different road conditions.
We advise assessing the icy conditions with someone who knows where you are with your level of driving. Your driving instructor is the perfect candidate for this. They’ll be able to observe the ice on the roads and decide whether you’ll be able to deal with it.
The best thing about getting your driving instructor to help you, is that you’ll have a professional next to you each step of the way.
Tips for driving when there’s ice on the road:
If your driving instructor deems the conditions and your driving ability safe enough, then great!
Here’s some tips to keep in mind on your drive:
- Keep your speed down.
- Treat all your controls carefully such as steering, brakes, clutch and gears.
- Be extra vigilant when it comes to looking for hazards.
- Anticipation is key for driving when there’s ice on the road.
Remember, please use your common sense before deciding to drive when it’s icy. If the conditions are severe, please refrain from travelling. This advice is relevant not just for learners but for all drivers. Always check with a professional before heading off to drive in these conditions.
Drive safe everyone!
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