Car insurance holders warned to take care in the snow

Friday, 10 December 2010

Car insurance policyholders have been urged to take extra care on roads in the snow.

Breakdown cover provider the AA has offered some advice to people if they are travelling around the UK in wintry conditions.

Stopping distances are about ten times longer in ice and snow, the organisation has warned motor insurance policyholders, so only drive as fast as conditions allow.

Drivers should only make gentle manoeuvres in the snow - use the accelerator, brakes, clutch and steering in a slow, progressive manner.

Motorists need to wear comfortable dry shoes to reduce the chances of feet slipping off the pedals.

The AA also suggests clearing snow from the roof of the car as it can slide down the windscreen and obscure people's vision as they drive.

If police consider your vehicle to pose a danger to other drivers, you could receive three penalty points, which will impact on car insurance premiums.

According to the Met Office, temperatures over the weekend, particularly in Wales and Northern Ireland, were the lowest ever recorded in November.

Posted by Rick Malone

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