British drivers have been offered simple do’s and don’ts for driving in icy weather, as the cold snap continues across the country.

A list of top tips and tricks for coping with frosty conditions on the roads has been published by Leaser Cars as the UK weather forecast worsens.

Keeping an eye on tyre tread and inflation levels is an absolute must, along with taking your time and driving in a higher gear when suitable.

Rushing around, de-icing with boiling water and taking an unfamiliar route are, on the other hand, major mistakes when the temperature touches freezing on the roads.


1. Do take an old cloth or piece of clothing to remove any mist from the inside of windows, that could form as the heating takes effect.

2. Do drive more slowly and in a higher gear when appropriate, to retain as much control of the car as possible.

3. Do allow greater stopping distances and stay alert for pedestrians and other potential obstructions.

4. Do be prepared for a breakdown – have recovery numbers to hand and a small tool kit if possible, as well as a warm blanket, snacks and a torch.

5. Do use a frost guard if you’re journey is pre-planned. When it gets dark the night before, cover the windscreen with a towel or two to potentially save time in the morning – soak them in salt water first, if possible.

6. Do check the inflation and tread of your tyres – the legal minimum is 1.6mm but experts say it should be at least 3mm to be as safe as possible.

7. Do ensure your lights, mirrors and number plates are clear as well as all of your windows – this is a legal requirement, as is removing any snow on the roof that might fall and obstruct your view as you drive.


1. Don’t make unnecessary journeys in icy conditions. If the trips can wait until it warms up, don’t bother.

2. Don’t brake or accelerate too quickly. Rushing on icy roads is a recipe for disaster, do don’t even think about trying to beat the lights, overtaking needlessly or turning sharply around corners.

3. Don’t try to de-ice your vehicle by pouring boiling water all over the windscreen and windows – unless, of course, you want to crack the glass. Use a specifically designed ice scraper or can of de-icer instead.

4. Don’t forget to keep your oil, screen-wash and fuel levels up – the last thing drivers need is an avoidable stop and to then be walking on the ice.

5. Don’t take an unfamiliar route. Getting lost is far from ideal at the height of summer, but during the coldest months roads signs could be obstructed, phone signals interrupted and there won’t be so many people on the streets to ask for help

6. Don’t use short-cuts and rural roads (unless they’re the only option). Sticking to as many main roads as possible should make car journeys in icy conditions safer, as these are more likely to have been treated with grit on used enough by other traffic to melt some of the ice.

7. Don’t brake and steer into as skid in order to regain control. Instead, come off the accelerator and let the speed of your vehicle naturally fall, while you ride it out and straighten up.