This ‘Road Safety Week’ from 19th - 25th November we thought we’d look at driving in wet and icy conditions as they can be incredibly dangerous. The risk of accidents increases dramatically, and it's essential to take extra precautions and adjust your driving habits accordingly to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
When driving in wet conditions, it's important to decrease your speed and increase your following distance. Roads become slick, and it's easier to lose control of your vehicle when braking or cornering. Turn on your headlights and use your windshield wipers to maintain a clear view of the road. Avoid rapid acceleration or sudden braking, and take turns slowly and carefully to avoid skidding.
Driving on icy roads requires even more caution. Slow down and avoid abrupt movements, as braking or sudden turning can cause your vehicle to lose traction and slide. Use winter tyres with ample tread to improve your grip and make sure your brakes and windshield wipers are working optimally. If you must drive in icy conditions, consider taking an advanced driving course to improve your skills and response time.
In addition to driving habits, proper vehicle maintenance is crucial. Ensure your brakes, tyres, and wiper blades are all in good condition, and top up your windshield wiper fluid regularly.
Overall, the key to staying safe on wet and icy roads is to drive slowly, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and stay alert. Also, consider delaying travel plans if the conditions are particularly treacherous. By taking these precautions, you will avoid accidents and ensure that you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road arrive at their destination safely.