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Drive safely this winter

With the Met Office predicting some winter storms soon, we can expect to be driving in some poor weather conditions. It always pays to remind ourselves of the best advice when it comes to conditions like fog, heavy rain and freezing temperatures. Your driving instructor will be able to guide you in how to respond to worsening weather conditions. For Driving Lessons In Wellingborough, visit http://promotion-driving.co.uk/driving-lessons-in-wellingborough/.

Heavy rain can be very hazardous and damp conditions can cause problems with engines and electrical systems. When there is considerable surface water on roads, it isn’t hard to flood your engine in water that might not even appear too deep. If the journey is not essential, it might be better to wait until the worst has subsided. If you do need to travel then avoid areas prone to flooding. Check your wipers, fill up with fuel and carry a mobile phone.

Make sure your tyres have the legal amount of tread on them as you will need a safe level of grip on the road in very wet conditions. Don’t ever try to drive through flood water as your car could become buoyant and begin to float away. Don’t drive too fast when there is a lot of standing water as you could find yourself aquaplaning. If this does happen, ease off the accelerator but don’t brake and let your speed reduce until you can feel control of the steering again.

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High winds can often accompany other wintery weather and like the other conditions, it is advisable to plan ahead and only travel if necessary. Drive slowly to cope with gusts and be aware that open areas will mean gusts suddenly hitting your car. Hold the steering wheel firmly in both hands and give buses, lorries and cyclists more room than you would normally.

Knowing how to deal with snow will also be handy in the event that we have a considerable flurry. Before travelling give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, plan your journey, check wipers, tyres and screenwash levels. Always set off with a blanket, torch, food and drink, ice scraper, de-icer and a phone charger. It is essential that you accelerate gently while using low revs and as high a gear as possible. Move off in second gear and keep 10 times the normal gap between vehicles. If you do encounter a skid, then gently steer into it and ease off the accelerator but don’t brake.

Fog is another condition that we are likely to experience during the winter months. Fog can be perilous due to it’s impact on visibility. Before entering fog, check your mirrors and slow down, keeping a greater distance than normal between you and the car in front. If the fog is heavy then turn on your fog lights but not on full beam as fog reflects light back so this can make visibility even worse. If it’s so bad that you can’t see then consider stopping until it is safe to proceed. As it is illegal to use fog lights in any other condition then as soon as the fog has lifted you must remember to turn off your fog lights.

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