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Icy roads: high gear, low speed? watch

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    Okay so I'm learning how to drive at the moment and inevitably I'll have to do my theory. I came across a question asking how to go about avoiding wheelspin on icy roads and apparently the answer was "drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently".

    However, I don't get how this works? Especially as a learner driver I've experienced that going slow at higher gears causes you to stall... can anyone explain?

    When you are in a higher gear your engine revs will be lower and ultimately your wheels will turn slower causing more friction and less slipping, when it says as high a gear as possible it obviously means below stall speed. For example if you're in 1st gear and are pulling off on an icy patch of road the 1st thing you should do is to pull the clutch up very slowly and press the accelerator very gently dont overdo it. If your wheels spin and you aren't going anywhere switch to 2nd gear and try again.
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