Here in the United Kingdom our weather is unpredictable. We have all been taken by surprise by the UK's ever-changing seasons, whether it was that BBQ in July ruined by sudden torrential rain or that white Christmas turned grey because of soggy slush.
When it comes to driving, the weather can have extreme effects on a motorist's journey and being prepared for the unpredictability of the Great British Winter months can be the difference between a smooth trip or an icy slip.
So, we at Concept Vehicle Leasing have put together these tips to keep you safe while driving this Winter.
Driving in Heavy Rain
It doesn't matter if its Summer or Winter, Spring or Autumn, we are never safe from a sudden downpour in the UK. We can be prepared though, follow these tips if you happen to get stuck in some heavy rain while driving this Winter.
- Make sure your windscreen wipers are fully functional. You need to be able to see where you're going!
- Make sure your tyres are above the recommended legal tread depth of 1.6mm
- While driving SLOW DOWN! Your stopping distance in the rain is increased so leave some space between you and other drivers.
- Be cautious when driving through puddles, they may be deeper than they seem.
- If you do have to drive through a puddle or deep water drive slowly, as you may cause serious damage to your vehicle
Driving in Windy Weather
It's advisable to avoid driving during adverse weather conditions, especially extremely windy weather. Strong gusts of Wind can take a driver by surprise, so follow these tips and stay safe.
- Be prepared – it's wise to have provisions with you in case your journey is disturbed by the weather. Warm clothes, food and a mobile phone will come in handy if you do break down!
- Plan ahead – always check to see if there is a safer route to your destination, choosing a more sheltered route may take longer but it's better to be safe than sorry.
- Again, Drive Slowly! Strong winds can get under the vehicle and affect the handling and breaking. Driving at a sensible speed can help the driver to anticipate these sudden gusts.
- Be wary of other vehicles – during strong winds it's important to not only stay safe yourself but also try to keep other road users safe as well. Cyclists, motorcyclists, buses and lorries are easily affected by blowing winds.
Driving in Snow and Ice
It's rare that we get snow in Britain, but if by the off chance we are bombarded with a thick layer of snow here are some tips to keep you and your vehicle in good nick.
- Turn off electrical loads like lights, heated rear window and wipers before trying to start the engine.
- Clear snow from the roof – it can fall onto the windscreen and block your view.
- You guessed it…take it slow! – with stopping distances 10 times longer, gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving in ice and snow.
- Uphill – leave plenty of room or wait until it's clear so you don't have to stop part way up. Keep a constant speed and try to avoid having to change gear on the hill.
- Downhill – slow down before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid braking. Leave as much room as you can to the car in front.
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