One of the most challenging situations a motorist can face is driving in snowy and icy conditions yet according to the Gov.UK website: ‘Driving tests are not carried out in dangerous weather conditions, such as when the roads are icy or if there’s flooding, thick fog or high winds.’ Then they wonder why there are so many accidents on our roads during winter.

Unless you enrol for an advanced driving course (or do your driving test in Finland) you may not know how your vehicle will respond in these conditions until it is too late.

It is true that the modern motor car is far safer than vehicles from a decade or two ago but when all is said and done, you still have four patches of rubber connecting you to the road and when the limits of grip are exceeded it is a good idea to know a little bit about what will happen next.

While these limits can vary from car to car, regardless of whether you are in a budget hatchback or the latest supercar, the same rules apply. In this feature, we take a look at the factors that affect a car’s behavior when it is accelerating, braking or turning in inclement weather conditions. You may still need to attend an advanced drivers’ course to hone your skills but at least you will have a better idea of how your car will respond when the roads get treacherous.