Danger of not heeding advice for driving in snowy, frosty conditions
Millions of words are written about being careful when driving in freezing or snowy conditions - like the ones we're promised for a while now.
I've lost count of the number of '10 things' to do on the road on such occasions.
Yet every time there is sniff of Arctic weather, the evidence suggests many of us pay little heed to any advice at all.
But the basic message has to be that you need to drive more slowly, keep a far greater distance between you and the vehicle in front, and make sure you can be seen.
Of course, it is best of all if you don't have to drive and can stay nice and snug inside.
That doesn't work for most of us, so, without getting into too much detail, just be careful.
Drive much, much slower and, above all on icy roads, do not brake suddenly or swerve quickly. If you do get stuck in snow or on a slippery road, don't floor the accelerator. You will only succeed in making things worse. Instead, keep cool and gently try and let the wheels turn as slowly as possible. You'd be surprised how often it works.
As ever, leave earlier than normal, so you are not under pressure on time - rushing to be somewhere can be lethal at the best of times.