How to drive safely this week as weather warnings, snow and storm Dennis set to batter UK

How to drive safely this week as weather warnings, snow and storm Dennis set to batter UK

Storm Ciara caused chaos for road users last weekend with a string of road closures and car damage caused by the 92mph wind surge. The M11 road reopened on Monday afternoon after fears of roof damage at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford caused a section of road to close which caused delays to early morning rush hour traffic. 

The agency says there is a small chance some roads and bridges could potentially be forced to close due to high winds. 

With severe weather setting in for the rest of the week, road users are urged to prepare themselves and follow some simple tips to stay safe in the dangerous conditions. 

How to drive safely in snow 

Snowfall is predicted across parts of the UK this week which could potentially cause havoc to vehicles if simple precautions are not taken. 

According to All Car Leasing, motorists should make sure their car has had an up-to-date service before tackling snowy weather. 

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Simple tests such as checking their tyres to make sure they are inflated enough could increase the car’s reliability enough to deal with the tricky weather. 

The RAC says road users should accelerate slowly in snowy weather and use low revs and high gears as much as possible to gain better control of the car. 

Pulling away in second gear can reduce wheel slip which will prevent motorists from sliding and losing control of a vehicle from the outset. 

Motorists are urged to keep a safe stopping distance which increases to 10 times their normal threshold in wintery weather. 

How to drive safely in Storm Dennis 

Heavy winds and rainfall can change your vehicle’s dynamics which could become scary for those not used to tackling difficult conditions. 

To help prevent accidents, the Met Office has provided motorists with a series of tips on how to tackle the roads safely in stormy weather. 

They urge road users to consider delaying a journey or assessing whether it is necessary to travel if heavy rainfall is predicted. 

For those that need to venture out in stormy weather, road users are urged to grip the steering wheel firmly to help stabilise their vehicle. 

Heavy winds can disrupt a car and could cause your vehicle to move around or slide into other lanes or below road users. 

Gripping a steering wheel will help keep your car straight and allowing plenty of space between the car ahead will reduce the risk of suffering incidents through heavy winds. 

Experts advise motorists should never drive through floodwater as even a small amount can lead to severe damage. 

The Met Office says the number one cause of death during flooding is driving through the deep water so this should not be attempted. 

The RAC says motorists should avoid driving near fast-moving or heavy vehicles as these can cause spray to drastically reduce visibility. 

They warn fog lights should never be used in stormy weather as these can dazzle fellow road users. 

Dipped headlights are perfect for the conditions and will enable other motorists to see you much more clearly on the road ahead. 

Published at Wed, 12 Feb 2020 05:01:00 +0000