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Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions

Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions

Bad or adverse weather can be unpredictable and it is common to get caught out while on the road. The best way to stay safe on the road in extremely bad weather is to avoid driving at all. However, for many people we recognise that is not always possible.

What NOT To Do

  • Do not drive too close to the vehicle in front, stopping distances increase on wet or icy roads
  • Do not ignore road closure signs. They are there for a reason
  • Do not drive into flood water, it only takes an egg cup full of water to stop your engine

What TO Do

  • Delay your journey if possible until after the adverse weather has passed
  • Travel with a charged mobile phone
  • If your temperature gauge indicates it is zero degrees or below, assume that the roads will be icy
  • Be alert for vulnerable road users. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders are all harder to see in adverse weather and in the dark. Drive as though someone could step out in front of you at any time
  • Light up. Turn on your headlights in gloomy weather or poor visibility. Only use front and rear fog lights in dense fog
  • Slow right down. It will take you longer to react to hazards if visibility is poor or the road is wet or icy, so your speed should be reduced accordingly
  • Keep your distance. On wet road surfaces stopping distances double and are ten times greater in icy weather
  • Stay in control. Manoeuvre slowly and with extra care

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