Top tips for driving in extreme weather this Road Safety Week
This Road Safety Week which runs from 14th -20th November, we look at motor vehicle and driver risk management, particularly when driving in extreme weather. We all know that driving in poor weather conditions can be challenging and very dangerous, and knowing how to modify your driving practices during heavy rain, storms, snow and fog could help you stay safe and calm on the roads.
Allowing enough space between your car and the vehicle in front of you can give you that all important time to act. Did you know that whilst driving in snow you will need three to 12 times the amount of stopping distance that you normally need. Here are more top tips for vehicle safety:
Driving in severe rain
When driving in severe rain ensure you have your headlights, wipers and demister on to increase visibility. You could also drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you and reduce your speed. Your stopping distance is critical when driving in severe rain so increase space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If you aquaplane, hold the steering wheel straight and remove your foot from the accelerator.
Driving in storms
Depending on how bad the storm is you may want to consider getting out of your vehicle and finding shelter. If there is not a safe place or building near, lie in a ditch and place your arms over your head.
Road safety in snow and icy conditions
Make sure your vehicle is cleared of ice and snow off your windows, bonnet and boot before you set off on your journey. Driving slowly, reducing your speed and do not brake suddenly as this may cause you to spin the car.
Hazards of driving in the fog
Use your dipped headlights or fog lights to help you increase visibility, making sure you keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. Keep your windscreen wipers on and if the fog is extremely thick, roll down all of your windows to hear other vehicles around you.
Age of driver
Young drivers are 18% more likely to have an accident during the extreme weather of winter months, so it is important to ensure that you have a suitable young drivers insurance policy in place just in case.