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Tips for Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions

posted by JandJAdmin @ 3:49pm, Wednesday 2 December 2015.

We think the recent severe weather has us all agreeing that winter is officially here! With roads and traffic being affected by adverse weather conditions we thought we would put together a few tips for driving in bad weather. 

  1. First and foremost, check the weather forecast before checking off. If the weather has been bad over the past couple of days or you wake-up to the sound of rain on your window and wind bustling around your roof tiles then take a quick look at the weather forecast and check if there are any road warnings in place. Always be prepared to review your travel plans and only venture out if you have to in case of really severe weather conditions.
  2. Pack for an emergency! We know we sound like an overly worried parent when we say that but you bet the day you forget your flask and warm coat is always the day you end up breaking down! Every winter there are stories of people having to sleep in their car so keep an emergency kit in your boot containing de-icer and an ice-scraper, a torch, warm clothing or a blanket, warm boots or wellies, a first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel. Also donít forget some emergency chocolate bars and crisp packets for scummy emergency sustenance!
  3. Before you set off make-sure that all the snow, frost, I've or condensation is cleared from your whole windscreen not just the drivers side. Also ensure that all your lights and your number plates are clean and clear. 
  4. Headlights! It may seem obvious but youíd be surprised out many people forget how important it is to use their headlights in poor weather conditions. Also donít be afraid of using fog-lights if you canít see at least 100m in front of you, just remember to switch them off for oncoming traffic. 
  5. If your carís steering becomes difficult or even unresponsive itís probably because of water on the roadís surface which is preventing your tyres from gripping as they normally would, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually. For this reason itís also good to allow double the stopping distance you normally would in wet weather. Also be aware of spilt diesel on the roads as this will make it even more slippy. 
  6. When the roads are icey or the conditions are foggy take care not to make any sudden changes in your driving, think twice before overtaking, always try to use your breaks to slow down so that the car behind you can see your break lights and avoid accelerating if you think the car behind you is driving too close.
  7. High winds mostly affect high-sided vehicles but a strong gust can of wind can blow a car, cyclist or motorcycle off itís course, just be careful when the road surroundings change, for example, driving from a hedge-lined country lane to a wide open dual carriageway. 
  8. Make sure you get your car winter ready by booking it in for a winter service, change to winter tyres if you do a lot of travelling or live in a rural area and ensure that all your break lights, reverse lights and windscreen wipers are fully functioning. Call our friendly team on 02920 304022 to book your car into our garage! 

We really hope you stay safe on the roads this winter. Donít forget that should your car get damaged in any way we offer really competitive rates on car hire at Charter Vehicle Hire, if you need anything, donít hesitate to get in touch. 

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