Winter Motoring – Adjust Your Driving Accordingly

The clocks have been turned back so it is probably getting dark as you set off from work to make that car journey back home. The early mornings and evenings are getting colder and we will soon be encountering frost in many places of the UK. Wind and rain tends to be more intense at this time of year.

when you drive in snow, ice or rain adjust your speed

In wintry conditions, slow down whilst driving

Unfortunately, it is a known fact that there are more accidents on our roads in the winter months than during the summer. There are an increasing number of claims submitted to car insurance companies in the winter. So, this is probably a good time to remind you to take that little bit extra care when in your car by adjusting your driving to take into account the weather conditions.

For instance, adjust your speed when the weather conditions require it. If you are driving in heavy rain make sure that you slow down when necessary in case you suddenly come upon pools of excess water on the roads that have been unable to drain away. As good as tyres are in the wet, they are only capable of dealing with a certain amount of rainwater without you ending up aquaplaning.

When approaching bends in the road during wet or icy weather slow down before getting to the bend rather than when you are going around it. After all, who knows what may be coming around the next corner towards you.

If there has been a heavy fall of snow listen to the warnings issued by the likes of the AA and the police. If it is recommended that you do not venture out in your vehicle because of the inclement weather, follow the advice provided. It is not worth taking the risk. If you do encounter wintry weather then slow down as with wet roads your stopping distance will be longer in such conditions.

Leave a reasonable distance between your car and the one in front in slippery conditions as it takes longer to stop.

Brake gently.

When possible, pull away in slippery conditions in second gear to avoid wheel spin.

Wear dry shoes when driving as wet ones may slip on the pedals.

When going downhill, slow down, get in a low gear and avoid using your brakes where possible.

Do have your braking system and tyres checked to make sure that they are up to the required standard. If not, change them.

We hope that the above has been of assistance.

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