Winter Driving Tips for staying safe on the road
With the mornings staying darker for longer, earlier sunsets ensuring night-driving conditions from mid-afternoon, and wintery weather conditions just over the horizon, all UK vehicle drivers need to be aware of the “shoulds and shouldn’ts” of driving in winter.
So, for your convenience, Team Planet have compiled the following collection of winter driving tips as a timely reminder of the dangers whilst using our roads at this time of year.
It should go without saying that, if winter road conditions make it too dangerous to undertake long scheduled journeys, a willingness to use alternative, replacement options could be the way to go. A few examples of these options could be rail or air travel, conference or video calls or, as a last resort, a re-scheduling of travel times to maximise daylight and whatever improved road conditions may exist.
When driving is absolutely necessary
The following guidelines will assist you prepare for winter travelling:
This time of year can also mean exposure to road conditions with which you may be unfamiliar, and will probably require rather different driving techniques to safely navigate on to your destination.
When the roads are icy or slushy
Icy roads present a number of problems, so please be aware of the following:
Watch out for fog
At this time of year, fog can be a hazard in any region of the country. Remember:
The perils of wet weather driving
In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads:
If you get stranded in snow
Here are some essentials you should bear in mind:
Remember driving on our roads during winter requires common sense and a greater awareness of conditions, and you should always be prepared for every eventuality.
Winter car kit
It may seem a little extreme to carry an emergency kit with you, but winter weather can be unpredictable.
Pack for every eventuality and ensure you have the following in the vehicle:
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