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Feb 23

Four seasons of driving

Posted by:AutoMoney

Famed for our temperamental weather, we certainly do experience a little bit of everything in the UK!

weather symbolsIn our latest blog we have compiled our top tips for driving in all different weather conditions, so you are always prepared for what might be thrown at you weather wise.

Heavy rain

• Make sure that when driving in heavy rain you use your headlights, if visibility is impaired.

• If you were to break down in heavy rain, it is best to avoid opening the bonnet and leaving it propped open. Water in the electrical system may cause damage and make it harder to start the engine again. Call for roadside assistance and wait in a safe place following their instructions. 

Floods

• If the water is more than 10cms deep, do not drive through it.

• Also do not drive through deep flood water if it is flowing, down a hill for example.

• If in doubt, best not to try to attempt driving through water, even if you think your car will be OK and able to handle it. With many people now owning 4x4 vehicles they may be tempted to think that they will be OK. However, please note that even a 4x4 has limitations and won’t necessarily be able to cope with flood water!

Strong winds

• More and more frequently, we are experiencing strong winds which can play havoc on roads, especially ones that are open and not protected by any trees or hedges. Be aware, have your lights on for increased visibility, and make sure that you keep a safe distance back from the vehicle in front in case they are blown into your path or stop suddenly due to a hazard ahead.

Fog

• Headlights should be on when fog is present, but never use the vehicle’s full beam as this can be reflected off the fog and dazzle other road users.

• Activate fog lights only if the conditions call for it, i.e. if the visibility is very poor. Once the fog has passed and visibility improves, remember to switch them off once again, otherwise they can dazzle other drivers.

Snow and Ice

• Before setting off on snowy or icy days, check the tread of the tyres – there should be at least 3mm of tread for winter driving.

• Make sure that you are prepared and have the relevant equipment in the car should you get stuck in a snow storm, break down, or get held up in traffic due to the weather. We have also got a handy guide here: http://www.auto-money.co.uk/blog/139/winter-car-essentials

Hot weather

• In the height of summer, it is advisable to avoid the roads during the hottest part of the day to avoid overheating of the engine.

• Try to travel during the early morning and late evening when the day is naturally cooler and the roads are less busy.

• Keep keys safe – if any water, from the sea at the beach for example, gets within the electrical circuit within the key fob, it can cause damage. Keys can easily be lost in the sand – or indeed, at sea too! 

• Carry water, or soft drinks in case you get stuck in a traffic jam.

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