4th February 2016
With recent data showing that the UK has experienced record breaking temperature and rainfall conditions*, The Co-operative Insurance offers tips on how drivers can stay safe behind the wheel.
Undoubtedly, the winter storms that caused widespread flooding across the country, particularly in the North, caused major issues on the roads as did the snow storms that made driving on higher ground in certain parts of the country treacherous. More recently Storm Henry also brought extremely windy weather which made driving impossible in some parts of the country**.
However in a number of areas across the country, temperatures are peaking above the average for the time of year with many places seeing temperatures in double figures.
As a result motorists are often battling changing weather conditions on a daily basis which can cause real issues when driving.
Nick Ansley, head of motor insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, said: "From snow to rain to low winter sunlight, drivers really are facing it all when they get behind the wheel at present.
"There is no one size fits all solution to these driving conditions, and adapting your driving style is key.
"There are basics which we should all be doing to keep the roads safe such as keeping within speed limits, leaving enough room between you and the car in front and not driving in a way which means you have to slam your brakes on."
The Co-operative Insurance’s tips for driving in changeable weather:
- If you are driving in unfamiliar weather conditions keep calm - panic causes mistakes which can cause accidents
- When you are driving remember that speed limits are in place as a maximum, for example don't drive along a 40mph road at the exact speed limit if there is a high likelihood that there is ice on the road
- Be aware that low winter sunlight can impair vision, so take your time at junctions to ensure that you have made a full assessment of the traffic conditions before pulling out
- A basic point, but amazing how many people disregard it - if there is a sign in the road that says the road is closed, you should turn around and find another route.
- Ensure you have a bottle of water, some snacks and a blanket with you in case you break down in a remote location
- Make sure that your car is roadworthy. Check your tyres and ensure your car has adequate petrol/oil and water, especially before setting off on a long journey.
Notes to editors:
*Source: Met Office press release issued January 2016
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