With the UK going back into lockdown we are all being advised to not travel unless it’s essential. But what if you need to travel and the weather is bad and you need to battle ice, snow, flooding, fog and gales. These weather types 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, check them out;
- Where possible stick to main roads, they are less likely to be flooded or have fallen branches and debris on them.
- Check your wipers, tyres, brakes and lights before travelling ensuring they are all in good working order before you start your journey.
- 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.
- 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, generally the ‘two second rule’ is a good way to be at a safer distance but in these conditions it can be safer to double this distance.
- If the fog is severe use your fog lights, DO NOT use your full beam headlights as this will reflect and dazzle both you and other road users.
Snow and Ice
- Is your travel necessary? Check the weather forecast relevant to your journey, 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 working correctly. Ensure your tyres and brakes are 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 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 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.
It is important to remember that if you are defrosting your car with the engine running to not leave it unattended. Your insurance may not be valid if something were to happen to it.
Always ask yourself if your journey can wait and above all make sure your car is insured, you can get your quote here.
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