If you do decide to drive, here are some driving tips to help you get safely from A to B.
When driving in icy conditions, you need to leave as much space as possible between you and the car in front. This could be up to ten times more than you would when driving on dry roads. So, if it normally takes you 23 metres to stop when driving on a normal sunny day at 30mph, it would take at least 230 metres to stop at the same speed on ice.
If you do hit a patch of ice, and find yourself skidding, steer in the same direction as the rear of your car is sliding. If the rear of your car is sliding in the same direction as your right shoulder, turn your steering wheel to the right. If the rear is sliding in the same direction as your left shoulder, steer to the left. Never take your hands off the steering wheel and don’t stamp your foot on the brake as this could cause your wheels to lock up.
Icy conditions can be accompanied by hail storms. These can limit your visibility so, if safe to do so, it’s a good idea to pull off the road, ideally stopping somewhere that’s covered, such as under a bridge. Direct your car towards the hail, so your windscreen withstands the majority of the force and not your side or rear windows. Your windscreen is capable of protecting you more than other windows. Wait for the hail to pass before setting off again.
It’s always a good idea to carry a charged mobile phone with you so you can notify people if you’ve broken down.