It has come to that time of year again where the weather is starting to become more miserable. The temperatures are dropping, the rain is getting heavier, it is getting darker earlier and the winds are getting stronger.
The road conditions can be really
challenging, especially in the winter. It becomes more difficult for drivers as
there is a lot to consider when planning a journey during bad weather.
The met office has listed a number of
tips that they recommend when driving in these conditions.
Choices and planning ahead
Even moderate rain can reduce your ability to
see and be seen. A good rule of thumb is ‘if it’s time for your wipers,
it’s time to slow down’.
If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting
your journey until it clears.
If you can, choose main roads, where you are
less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris and flooding.
Use dipped headlights if visibility is
Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your
steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when
planning to overtake.
Keep an eye out for gaps between trees,
buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the
places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds. Ensure that you
maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it
being blown sideways.
Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet
weather – be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a
hazard. Increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the
moving traffic in front.
Keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times
as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility. Remember
it affects others too, so anticipate their actions and be prepared.
What to do when the road is
On flooded roads, think before driving through
deep water; don’t stop in standing water, and drive through the highest
section of the road slowly. If there is any doubt don’t enter it.
Once you have managed to drive through check
your brakes and dry them out as quickly as possible – a light touch of the
brakes whilst still moving should do the trick.
Breakdown is also more common throughout the winter period. If you are
unfortunate enough to be involved in a breakdown over the winter, just remember
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