Ice, snow, flooding, fog and gales create a tougher environment not only for us, but for our cars too.

If you’ve no option but to take to the roads in these conditions, GoSkippy have some essential driving tips to help keep you as safe as possible.

Read on for our tips to help keep you safer on the roads;

  • Flooding/Gales

[1] Where possible stick to main roads, they are less likely to be flooded or have fallen branches or debris.

Check your wipers, tyres, breaks and lights before travelling ensuring they are all in good working order.

Even moderate rain can affect visibility, remember to allow for spray from other vehicles and be aware that stopping distances will be increased.

A gust of wind can come from nowhere and unsettle your vehicle, so firmly grip your steering wheel and be very cautious when driving over any bridges or going under trees or buildings.

  • Fog

[2] Ask yourself, is it safe to drive or should I postpone my journey?

Make sure you know how to operate both front and rear fog lights.

If your car has automatic lights, know when they will be activated, as sometimes you must turn them on manually in foggy conditions.

Leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front, the ‘two second rule’is a good way to be at a safer distance.

If the fog is severe use your fog lights and please DO NOT use your full beam headlights as this will reflect and dazzle both you and other road users.

  • Snow and Ice

[3]Is your travel necessary? Check the weather forecast relevant to your journey and take any weather warnings seriously and act accordingly, delaying your travel if needed.

Ensure your vehicle is well maintained before you set off. Checking oil, water levels, wipers and your heating systems are in good working order. You also need to ensure your tyres and brakes and functioning and that you have enough fuel in your car.

If your car is iced up, you must ensure its fully clear before driving. If its covered in snow, clear the windows, bonnet and roof – snow can fall on the windscreen from both the bonnet and roof reducing visibility.

Stick to main roads if you can, as these are more likely to have been cleared, gritted and maintained by the local authorities and highway agency.

Like flooding and fog, you’ll need to adjust your stopping distances but in snowy or icy conditions you’ll need to give yourself up to ten times more distance between you and other vehicles. This is even more important at junctions where markings may not be visible.

Always ask yourself if your journey can wait and above all make sure your car is insured, you can get your quote here.

[1] https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/travel/driving-in-severe-weather

[2]  https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/winter-driving/safe-driving-in-fog/

[3]https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16946762