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Safe Driving in Wintry Weather

Wintry Driving ConditionsWe all know that driving at this time of the year can mean battling adverse weather conditions that can often make our journeys more of a challenge. There are some things that can be done to make sure that your driving skills can deal with the changing road conditions. Here we’ve listed some of the conditions you may encounter and the best ways to navigate them. Safe Driving.

Rainy Driving Conditions

One of the most obvious conditions to drive in is rain. We’ve all done it but it is useful to check that you’re properly equipped and to remember the following

  1. Are your wipers working? Making sure that your wipers are in good working condition is vital. You should also check that your screen washer fluid has been topped up. It is also useful to keep a bottle in your car so that you know you have some should you need it.
  2. Are your brakes working effectively? Driving through wet conditions can make your braking distance double, so make sure that you keep your distance from the vehicle in front. It is also a good idea to avoid puddles gently break a few times afterwards, helping to dry the brakes and making sure they will be effective when you next need to use them.
  3. Be aware that if the road is particularly wet there is the chance of your vehicle aquaplaning, where it skids across the surface. Reducing your speed when travelling in wet conditions will help you to keep control of your vehicle and drive more safely.

Foggy Driving Conditions

Often foggy conditions are not something that people are particularly used to. It is important that you familiarise yourself with where your fog lights are and use them if you need to.

  1. If you are unable to see more than 100 metres ahead use your fog lights. A good rule of thumb is if you are unable to see the rear lights of the vehicle in front.
  2. Don’t use your full beam, as this will affect your visibility ahead.
  3. Make sure that you allow a greater distance between yourself and the car in front.
  4. Make sure that you drive at a slower speed, as you may not be able to see clearly ahead. If a vehicle in front has slowed down or stopped, if you are travelling too fast you won’t give yourself enough time to break in time.

Snow and Icy Driving Conditions

Driving in snow and icy conditions can be very treacherous and you should avoid making unnecessary journeys in these circumstances.

  1. Allowing additional travelling time is important. You will need to drive much slower than usual as the surface will be very slippery or sludgy.
  2. There is always an increased chance of skidding in these conditions. If you find yourself in this situation, turning into the skid and taking your foot off the accelerator and brake pedal will help you to regain control of the vehicle.
  3. Braking will force the wheels to stop turning and may cause you to lose control. Black ice is almost impossible to see unless your headlights reflect off it in the dark and often causes a loss of control when driving. It will often form in places where the sun is unable to reach.

If you would like any advice, or have an issue with your vehicle, please please call us on 01993 703621 for our Witney branch or 01865 841627 for our Kidlington branch or contact us through our website.