Rain, fog, ice, snow, high winds and bright sunshine all make driving harder, and as you know the weather can change at any time.
Weather changing without warning can be a problem even for experienced drivers, so take extra care in these conditions.
Some tips for driving in bad weather:
- Ask yourself: Is this journey really necessary?
- Always check local weather forecasts and follow advise as to whether it’s safe to drive.
- Clear all your windows and lights, properly of ice and snow.
- Use your dipped lights, not sidelights alone, as they are not bright enough for your vehicle to be seen in poor visibility.
- Remember that you may not be able to see as clearly, so drive slower. This will also give other drivers more time to see your vehicle.
- Take care as your brakes and tyres don’t work as well on wet or icy roads.
- When the road’s wet, leave at least double the normal distance between you and the vehicle in front.
- In snow and ice, leave even more distance and avoiding braking harshly.
- If the conditions are really bad and you are not confident about driving in them, then consider using public transport instead.