Maintaining safety on the roads

Although we are coming to the end of the winter months, we still need to maintain focus while driving in the dangerous conditions brought about by adverse weather conditions.  Our roads can be hazardous as a result of snow, ice, rain, fog and strong winds and due to this, AA have extra patrols on call as the numbers of breakdowns nearly doubles during cold spells.

As temperatures remain low, leading to overnight frost and fog patches, commuters could experience potential havoc and danger - making it vital to continue to think about road safety during these months.

Driving in these conditions is always dangerous, so drivers should avoid unnecessary journeys. Questioning whether the journey is worth risking the danger can sometimes be a good idea. Before setting off on your journey, check weather conditions and reports, an and always consider the safest route. Although it may take more time and may result in having to set off earlier, this could massively help your safety.

It is vital for drivers to ensure their vehicles are fully serviced, particularly in the colder months. Conducting regular checks on your vehicle could save you from injury and danger. Simple checks such as ensuring headlights are clean and in full working condition can make a big difference whilst in the tough conditions. Tyres are particularly important and must be checked regularly as they are what keeps you on the road. The AA recommend at least 3mm of tread for winter

Lowering your speed and making gentle manoeuvres are essential to ensure safe driving. If you have to use your brakes, applying them gently can reduce risk of danger. Wearing comfortable, dry shoes for driving ensures grip on the pedals so drivers have full control when needed. Also, keeping the radio on whilst driving gives the driver up-to-date weather broadcasts and informs them immediately when plans must be altered due to any sudden dangers.

Despite coming to the opening months of Spring, it is important to concentrate at all times when on the road for your own safety and the safety of others around you throughout the year.

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Tags: Safety, Winter