Reliable motoring in unreliable weather
If your drivers are used to travelling long distances, they’ll also be used to Britain’s variable weather conditions. But if you have taken on new drivers this year, they may not know how to combat the winter and the darkness setting in, and the additional risks these new conditions pose.
Our number one top tip is to ask yourself if your drivers really need to make the journey, or can you conduct business another way, like a phone conference. If driving is unavoidable, we have the following tips to help you and your drivers stay safe on the road:
- Dirt on your headlights will reduce visibility. Plus, dirty rear lights mean other drivers won’t be able to see you. Make sure you’ve cleaned them, and have checked they work, before you set off.
- Don’t leave your fog lights on unnecessarily; you’ll dazzle other drivers.
Clear the Ice
- Keep your washer bottle topped up and clear the ice from your windscreen - lift your wipers to ensure they’re not frozen down.
- Tread depth should be visible across the whole tyre (1.6mm minimum).
- Check the side walls of the tyres for damage or cuts.
- Set your tyre pressure to the Manufacturer’s recommendations – these can be found in the vehicle handbook.
- Don’t forget to check the spare tyre (if you have one).
Know your vehicle
- Your vehicles’ wading may be less than you think. A 15-minute detour is better than getting stuck and a lot of money in repair costs.
Poor Driving Conditions
- Slow down and take a little more time if you can’t see.
- Extend your braking time and the distance between you and the vehicle in front.
- Expect the unexpected when you’re driving, so you’re able to react.
- Make sure each driver has a care pack in case they break down:
- Gloves, an extra jacket and a blanket
- Extra food and water
- A working torch
- A high-visibility jacket or vest
- The number of your breakdown provider, or the RAC/the AA
- Plus, try to keep a high charge on their phone
- Keep your fuel, brake fluid, windscreen washer liquid, oil and AdBlue (if required) topped up at all times.
By making sure you’re prepared and ready for the weather, both through checking the latest weather reports and giving yourself extra time to get where you need to go, you and your drivers will be prepared for unexpected long journeys.