It doesn’t need to be icy for drivers to slip up on the road. We all need to expect the unexpected at all times. However, different weather conditions have their own dangers and demand different driving rules.
If you need to travel in wet, windy, icy or foggy conditions it is essential to follow the advice in The Highway Code NI and to adapt your driving to the weather conditions.
DO NOT drive in icy or snowy conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time.
If it is, take great care and allow more time. Take an emergency kit of de-icer, an ice scraper, a torch, warm clothing and boots, a first aid kit, jump leads, a shovel, a warm drink and emergency food in case your vehicle breaks down or cannot proceed.
Before entering fog check your mirrors then slow down. If the word ‘Fog’ is shown on a road signal but the road is clear, be prepared for a bank of fog or drifting patchy fog ahead. Even if it seems to be clearing, you can suddenly find yourself in thick fog. Read more …
In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads, which significantly increases your risk of crashing. This is because your tyres have less grip on the road. Read more …
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