Driving in Different Weather Conditions

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While our driving school in Peterborough can teach you all the rules of the road, it’s unlikely that you will experience the many different weather conditions that the UK has to offer during your week-long course. Come rain or shine, in this article, we’re giving you the low-down on the key things to consider when driving in different weather conditions so you can be safe and confident.

 

Rain

Aside from the nuisance of impaired visibility during a heavy rainstorm, a lot of surface water can also reduce your grip on the road. To avoid aquaplaning it’s important to drive a little slower and keep a greater distance between you and the car in front.

 

Snow and ice

One type of weather that can fill inexperienced drivers with dread is the snow. While it’s advised that you only make essential journeys in these conditions, there are some key things you can do to stay safe and on the right side of the law and Highway Code.

  • You should make sure any build-up of snow and ice is removed from your vehicle before driving off. Your windscreen and windows should offer 100% visibility.
  • While driving it’s recommended that you go slow, stay in as high a gear as possible and avoid any sudden actions.
  • As stopping distances can be up to ten times further than under normal driving conditions, it’s recommended that you always keep your distance from other vehicles.
  • Make sure you pay attention to local travel news and pack essential gear before setting off. A warm blanket, snow boots, shovel, emergency drinks and snacks, torch, high-vis jacket, de-icing equipment, and a mobile phone are all things you will want to consider taking with you in case you get stuck.
  • If you’ve never driven in the snow before you may want to take a more experienced driver with you.

If you follow these rules and tips then driving in the snow and ice should be a relatively smooth experience.

 

Sun

Road trips in the summer sun can be a fantastic experience. Just remember to keep your car cool to avoid drowsiness and wear sunglasses to avoid being dazzled by the sun.

 

Wind

In high winds you may feel your vehicle move slightly off course, especially on an open or exposed road where there are cross winds. This is nothing to be worried about, just something to bear in mind. You can simply adjust your steering during a powerful wind gust.

 

Fog

In extreme foggy conditions using the right lights to warn other drivers of your presence is essential. You should also keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Remember front or rear fog lights should only be used when visibility is significantly reduced.

 

We hope you found our top tips and guidelines for driving in different weather conditions useful. For more information we recommend you read the dedicated page on the government’s website.

If you’re searching for driving lessons in Peterborough, GoGoGo offers an intensive 5 day course to get you up to speed on the rules of the road in no time. Book a course at our driving school in Peterborough today!

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