Driving Safely in Poor Weather Conditions – Solutions to Help

As seasons change, so do the weather conditions that go with them. Weather can be unpredictable, and driving in cold, rainy, or icy circumstances can be challenging and dangerous. Ensuring you remain safe on the roads is crucial.

Preparing for your journey

1. Understand the risks

It’s vital to understand the risks associated with poor weather conditions. Reduced visibility, ice on the roads, or unpredictable surroundings can lead to accidents and mishaps. Whether you are driving long distances, commuting to work, or simply going for a walk, being aware of the potential risks is the first step towards staying safe and being prepared.

2. Check the weather forecast frequently

Make a habit of checking the weather forecasts and road conditions before beginning your journey. Try to avoid driving during severe weather warnings unless completely necessary. Make sure to check for real-time information on road closures or traffic delays.

3. Conduct regular vehicle checks and maintenance

From MOTs to daily vehicle checks, accurate maintenance is key for safe driving in any situation. Ensure your brakes, tyres, windscreen wipers, and demisters are in suitable working order. Check your tyre pressure regularly and your tyre tread to maintain good grip on wet or icy roads. Daily vehicle checks are a simple and effective way to identify potentially dangerous defects before vehicles are used.

4. Safe driving practices

Maintain a safe distance – In bad weather, it’s essential to increase the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This ensures you have the time to react to sudden changes or stops.

Reduce speed – Speed limits are in place for a reason, so reducing your speed in poor weather is an active safety measure.

Avoid cruise control – Cruise control can be dangerous in wet or icy conditions. It may cause your vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly if you were to skid or aquaplane, making it difficult to regain control. Make sure you retain manual control of your speed.

Allow extra driving time – Make sure you leave extra time to get to your destination, so you aren’t driving in a rush. This also alleviates pressure when on the road and helps to prevent any incidents.

5. Implement technology

There is a significant amount of readily available technology designed to help you reduce risk. Within our Fleet Services Department, we offer a range of solutions specifically aimed at these issues. The majority of which can be integrated into one seamless platform for ease of use and reporting.

Take Webfleet; for example, they offer a full fleet management solution for businesses, and by utilising tech partners such as Fleetcheck, they can apply their walkaround check functionality to ensure vehicles are safe to drive, along with embedding Driving for Better Business’s winter driving tooltips, while still receiving insights on how they are being driven from the telematics. We can even expand on this by implementing route planning and scheduling to ensure drivers are under no additional pressure when driving in adverse conditions.

Here to help

All businesses should understand the impact of adverse weather on driver safety. Drivers can only control so much behind the wheel, therefore, it’s important to put processes in place to make sure vehicles are efficient and as safe as possible.

Our specialised Fleet Services Department provides customised solutions to businesses, aiming to minimise risk within their fleet.

If you would like any more information on how we can help, please contact our Fleet Services Department on 01743 770520 or email fleetservices@1stchoiceinsurance.co.uk.

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