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Hazards for winter driving

Safety advice for driving during bad weather

Driving in bad weather cannot be avoided at times. The advice 'slow down', 'leave yourself more time to complete the journey' and ''keep your distance' takes on vital importance during this season.

When driving in foggy conditions

Most importantly - use your dipped headlights. Remember to reduce your speed and to drive a safe distance from the car in front of you (seeing the tail-lights of the car in front is clearly a sign of being too close). Also give yourself plenty of extra time for your journey - you don't want to be rushing when visibility isn't the best.

Avoiding skids 

First and foremost, look out for potential skid traps, namely; wet leaves, shady spots, black ice and frost (particularly on bridges). Black ice is most rampant on very cold days on wet roads, especially at night, on exposed bends, underneath trees and bridges and also on higher ground. Reduce speed as soon as you see a potential skid spot. 


What to do if you do find yourself skidding - there are three options:

  • Don't brake fast under any circumstance - if it's too late and you have already braked, release them immediately, then reapply, quicker but gently.
  • Reduce acceleration but don't take your foot off the accelerator completely.
  • Use the highest gears possible under the conditions, and as you gently brake, move down in your gears to come to a gradual halt.

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