Although there are many things that are under your control when driving a vehicle, the weather is not one of them. Poor weather conditions can make driving difficult, meaning road safety is of utmost importance.
Strong rain or flooding will make the road wet, meaning it can take twice as long to stop when you’ve applied the brakes. In wet weather, make sure to slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
If you lose control of the vehicle because of a loss of grip, immediately take your foot off the accelerator and refrain from any sudden steering movements or braking.
Visibility is crucial while driving, so when driving in heavy fog you should maintain a slower pace and be extra careful. Using dipped headlights will mean that other drivers can see you, but you should only use fog lights when the visibility is so reduced that you absolutely have to.
Snow and Ice
If heavy snow is forecast, the sensible decision is not to go out in your vehicle until it dies down. If you have to, try to drive on major roads where Highways England have had the chance to clear the fallen snow. Avoid steep hills and exposed roads.
Ice represents a real danger on the roads, as often it’s not visible and can cause you to skid suddenly. Use a higher gear than normal to avoid your tyres spinning on slippery roads, and accelerate and brake gently.
It might not seem as risky as other severe weather conditions, but high winds can cause high-sided vehicles to blow off course and into your path. Take care on open stretches of motorway and reduce your average speed, especially when driving alongside lorries or other large vehicles.