Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable. Heavy rain and fog can significantly increase the risks on the roads. Stopping distances can double and increase enormously in very wet weather. If you can’t see clearly then you can’t react to hazards. Driving in bad weather can be lethal.
Here are the most important tips to stay safe when driving in heavy rain and fog:
- Check that your windscreen wiper blades are fully functional
- Try to fill up with fuel before you travel as getting stuck in traffic will increase your fuel consumption
- Check that your tyres are of the recommended legal tyre tread depth
- Slow down! Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front as stopping distances in rain are increased
- Keep the inside of your windows clean especially when it’s foggy to ensure you have the best possible visibility
- Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility
- Keep your air conditioning on as this will stop your windows from misting up
- Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts
- Driving too fast through deep water can cause serious damage
- Be aware of other road users, especially cyclists and pedestrians.
As an employer, it is one of your duties to ensure your staff can get to and from work safely. Safety Media’s 30-minute Driving Safety e-Learning Interactive course will help prepare your employees for their journey during the wet winter months. To set up a trial of the course please call us on +44 (0)1745 535000 or email email@example.com with the subject line “Driving Safety Demo”.