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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Terrifying moment 4x4 driver lost control on black ice on Donegal road

Jason Hamilton from Donegal recorded the moment his 4x4 Landrover lost control on black ice this morning as he attempted to bring his partner to work.

The dash cam footage shows how easily it is for any vehicle to lose control on ice.

'We were just pulling out of our driveway and I knew it was very slippery as we get weather like this often because we are very high up," Jason told independent.ie.

"We were in a Land Rover defender 4x4 and although these are great in snow no vehicle is good in the ice unless equipped with studded tyres.

"I have a lot of experience in bad driving conditions as I regularly go off-roading and I’m accustomed to slippery conditions, but this is the worst conditions I have ever seen.

"It's safe to say we had to turn around as the conditions were extreme".

Motorists and pedestrians are being urged to exercise extreme caution on roads and footpaths today as bitterly cold temperatures overnight will leave much of the country covered in ice.

A Status Orange low temperature warning for all of Ireland was issued yesterday and went into effect from 8pm last night, lasting until 10am today.

The alert warns of “extremely low temperatures tonight with severe frost, ice and lying snow” as temperatures were expected to plummet to between –2C and –8C in some areas.

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