Driving safe in winter
The winter months are now upon us and the weather can often cause drivers problems getting from A to B. Whether it’s snow, rain, fog or frost, it’s important to take the elements into consideration when getting behind the wheel.
No matter what the weather, there’s a few things you may want to do in order to prepare for your journey. So, take a look at our winter essentials blog, for all the handy tips and must-have's.
It's also important to be cautious when out on the road. To help, we pulled together some top tips for the most common weather over the next few months.
Driving in heavy rain
Driving in the rain is a common occurrence in the UK but there’s a few handy tips to consider:
Watch your speed and distance with other vehicles. Your braking distance will be twice as long in the wet weather
Be careful of the spray on the road – it will make it harder to see
Dipped headlights are safer to use – visibility is hard enough in the rain, without blinding other drivers
Watch out for deep water, driving through it may cause damage to your car
Careful not to spray pedestrians – It falls under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and can be punished through a fixed penalty notice
Driving in snow
Us brits aren’t the best at dealing with snow so the below should help you remain King/Queen of the road.
Accelerate gently to avoid your wheels spinning. The key is low revs and high gears.
Similar to rain, stopping distances will be significantly more (up to ten times greater), so take this into consideration
Get your shades on – this will help reduce glare off the road on a sunny day
Careful of skidding. If you do skid, don’t panic, just steer gently into it
Driving in icy conditions
With ice, take on board the advice for both rain and snow – it applies more than ever! Often a lot more difficult to spot than snow or rain, some may say it’s the most dangerous of weather to drive in. Stopping distances will be longer, skids are more likely, wheel spins may take place and glare off the road may occur.
Whatever the weather during the winter months, be sure to take care and try and take on board all the advice above.
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