Driving in bad weather

We experience a wide range of weather conditions and they can change quickly. Be prepared to adjust your driving to suit the conditions. Remember in bad weather it can take up to 10 times longer to stop if roads are slippery etc.

Snow

Clear all the ice and snow from your vehicle; demist the windows

On slippery surfaces, drive slowly using the highest possible gear. Avoid sudden actions - braking, sharp turns or speeding up

If you start to skid, ease off the accelerator and do not brake suddenly!

Fog

Slow down and use dipped headlights

Use fog lights if visibility is seriously reduced, but switch them off when it clears

Don't follow the lights of a vehicle in front, you may be too close to brake safely in an emergency

Rain

Slow down. It takes longer to stop and spray will affect your visibility

Don't drive through deep lying surface water. If you have to, slow right down and drive through in first gear. Test your brakes when you come out the other side.

Strong winds

High sided vehicles are most affected by strong winds, but strong gusts can blow a car, cyclist or motorcyclist off course. Keep well back and overtake with care

If you breakdown

Think about safety first!

Consider your own safety

Warn other road users

Call for help