How to Drive in Adverse Weather Conditions

The weather in Britain is unpredictable, going from blue skies, blustering winds and a downpour of rain all in the same day.

When driving in any type of adverse weather conditions, it’s important that you complete the necessary car checks and ensure your vehicle is fully prepared for the journey ahead, as these conditions can make a difference in your normal driving.

In this blog post, we’ll give you tips on how to drive safely in different weather conditions.

How to drive in rain

Probably the most common type of adverse weather we get here in the UK is rain, no matter what season it is. It’s advised that you slow down at the first sign of rain on the road as it can reduce your ability to see the road clearly.

Not only can the rain affect your visibility but the visibility of other drivers on the road too. The roads are most slippery from a mixture of rain and oil that hasn’t washed away, and this can reduce traction.

There are places like Kwik Fit, where you can take your vehicle in and they will fit the right tyres on your car for you.

How to drive in fog

Fog is one of the most dangerous weather conditions to drive in. Remember to lower your speed and turn on your front and rear fog lights.

It’s advised not to use full beam lights as the fog reflects the light back and will reduce the visibility further.

If the fog is so thick that you can’t see at all, pull over safely and do not continue to drive until the fog has lifted completely.


How to drive in snow and ice

Roads in snow and icy conditions are dangerous but are most hazardous when they snow and ice begins to melt.

This is because it creates a wet surface which acts as a lubricant, meaning that the traction is reduced. It’s important to keep your windows and windshield clear and to drive slowly, keeping a good distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.

If your car begins to skid, let up on the accelerator and try to turn the front wheels in the same direction. Remember not to brake suddenly, as this can lock up your wheels and could make the car skid even further.

How to drive in heat

It’s not only cold weather conditions that can pose problems for your vehicle, hot weather can also cause numerous issues so it’s worth planning your journey ahead.

Driving in high temperatures can aggravate the cooling system, so check the coolant and cooling system to avoid overheating. Glare from the sun can also be an issue and cause accidents so keep a clean pair of sunglasses in your car. Check your tyres regularly because if they are the wrong pressure, the high temperatures can increase the risk of a blowout.

These are just some of the weather conditions we experience here in the UK, and although some of these conditions are rarer than others, you should be prepared for any adverse weather that can affect your ability to see and how you drive on the road.

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