We are in the Autumn season now with Winter fast approaching. This means that we are likely to see more adverse weather conditions. Earlier dark nights, windier weather and much more rain with the possibility of snow and ice. It is times like these where taking care is essential. Not just for yourself, but also for all the other road users.
If you have a car through car leasing, be sure to be extra careful if your agreement states the company will only accept wear and tear damage, but any more damage will cost you.
What does the Highway Code say?
The Highway Code, which dictates the rules of the road has certain rules and advice for when driving in this more treacherous conditions. With regards to visibility, you must use your lights if it becomes severely impaired. This includes at night when darkness falls, but also if the falling snow is thick or is pouring with rain. This helps you but also makes you more visible to other drivers.
When it comes to stopping in wetter conditions, you must double the stopping distance between you and the car in front. There is little point being up close to them because your tyres will have less grip in the wet than the dry. If you are not well back from the car in front, there is a higher possibility you will crash.
In icy and snowy conditions, the Highway Code states you should only drive if your journey is essential. You must only drive in those conditions if you can see all around you and your lights and number plate are also visible. You must also make sure you keep well back from other road users as the stopping distance required increases with ice and snow.
What to do
Some checks you need to do before you set off. Check your windscreen wiper blades. Ensure they are fully functional and if they do not look up to scratch, replace them as soon as possible. Try and fill up your fuel tank before you set off on any medium to long journey because if you get stuck in traffic, there is a risk you could run out due to an increase in fuel consumption.
Check your legal tyre tread depth as well to ensure you have plenty of grip to stay safe when driving in these conditions.
If it is icy or snowy and even if the roads have been treated, you must still drive with care. Drive sensible in the highest gear possible to ensure you do not accelerate aggressively and cause possible wheel spin on an icy surface. It could cause you to lose control and have an accident.
You could update your car through cheap car leasing to get a car more suitable for wetter or icier conditions such as SUVs or 4×4 cars. If you do not wish to update, these make sure you drive safely this winter.