Obscured vision from smoke, adverse weather and longer periods of darkness makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over the last few years.
Drivers need to ensure they are prepared for bonfire night. Don’t let bonfire smoke and the cold weather cause chaos. Prepare your vehicle to brave the elements.
Follow our tips on how to drive during adverse weather conditions on bonfire night.
Driving in the rain
Rain reduces your visibility and increases your stopping distance, so remember to:
- Stop at TWICE your normal braking distance
- Drive smoothly
- Use your wipers
- If you need to, use dipped headlights
- Avoid deep water (usually near the kerb)
- If you’re unsure about the depth of the water, take an alternative route
- When driving through flooded roads, drive slowly in first gear (keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch)
- Operate a ‘give way’ with approaching vehicles
- Remember to check your brakes once you’ve driven through flooded roads
Driving in the fog
Only drive in the fog unless your journey is completely necessary. Driving in fog is one of the most dangerous hazards motorists are faced with. If you decide to drive in fog:
- Follow local and national media for regular weather updates
- Allow plenty of time for the journey
- Check your car lights are in good working order
- Use your fog lights if visibility is reduced
- Use windscreen wipers and the car demister
- Switch of distracting noises and open the window to listen out for other traffic
- If vehicles to your rear are visible, the drivers behind can see you
- If you break down, switch on your warning lights, contact the police immediately, and get the vehicle of the road as soon as possible.
Driving in strong winds
Sudden gusts of wind can catch you out no matter how experienced a driver you are. Wind rarely blows steadily so hold on tight, avoid bridges and don’t drive high-sided vehicles.
For more information about vehicle safety during adverse weather conditions, visit our website.
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