driving can be made more difficult because of the weather
conditions. Here are a few tips to ensure that you keep
on the road and arrive at your destination.
Snow- Falling snow
reduces visibility so always switch on your lights.
Lack of adhesion can occur even on treated roads so
drive slowly in the highest gear possible, manoeuvre
gently and avoid harsh braking.
Ice- When roads are
icy it is essential to do everything more carefully
than normal. Slow down if you suspect ice, steer gently
avoiding harsh turns.
Winter Sun- Dazzle
from winter sun is an underestimated hazard. Reduce
speed and use your visor to lessen dazzle.
Fog- In fog drive
very slowly using dipped headlights and if fitted, use
front and rear fog lamps.
Hail- Hail can occur
unexpectedly, slow down and use dipped headlights. After
a hailstorm the road will be slushy so drive carefully.
Rain- Heavy rain will
reduce visibility particularly from vehicle spray. Always
use your dipped headlights and reduce speed. At night,
wet conditions worsen the glare from headlights so again,
BEFORE setting off on your journey during wintry
weather conditions ask yourself:
- Is your journey absolutely
- Have you checked the
local and national weather forecasts ?
- Have you checked the
local and national radio for travel information, considering
carefully the advice given ?
- Is your vehicle's fuel
tank full ?
- Have you given an estimated
time of arrival at your proposed destination ?
- Would taking hot drinks,
food, warm clothing (blankets), wellingtons, torch
and shovel be a wise precaution ?
- Ask yourself again, is
your journey essential ?
Once on your way :
- If you get into trouble,
do not abandon your vehicle, stay with it until help
- If you have to leave
your vehicle, make yourself visible.
BEFORE ONSET of wintry weather conditions CHECK
Your vehicle ...
- is always well maintained
- tyres (including the spare)
have plenty of tread depth, are in good condition
and are inflated to the correct pressures.
- radiator contains anti-freeze
at the correct concentration and cooling systems should
be checked for leaks.
- battery is in good condition,
topped up and fully charged
- windscreen wipers and
washers are working effectively.
- washerbottles are full
and the water contains antifreezing additive.
BEFORE DRIVING in wintry weather conditions CHECK...
- all lights are clean and
- all windows and mirrors
are clear from snow and ice and are clean.
DURING DRIVING in wintry weather conditions CHECK
- travelling with care on
both treated and untreated roads.
- using dipped headlights
in poor visibility.
- in the highest gear possible
and avoiding harsh braking and acceleration
- travelling at reduced
speed compared to 'normal' conditions.
- maintaining a safe stopping
distance behind other vehicles - it takes longer to
stop in the wet or icy Conditions.
- keeping a careful watch
on other road especially motor and pedal cyclists
- watching out for children
playing and other pedestrians.