Advice for New Drivers

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.