Seasonal driving guide
Each season brings its own weather conditions. Seasonal driving can vary from snow on the road to flash floods, fog, black ice, or even the sun blinding your vision. Check out our Driving Conditions Guide and be prepared for the season ahead.
Driving in bad weather
Spring driving – Spring driving conditions include such hazards as the low sun in your eyes, cyclist and runners out on the roads and watch out for potholes from the winter that could do damage to your tyres.
Summer driving – High temperatures can cause not only your stress levels to rise but also your car’s, so make sure your car fluids are topped up for the air-con and coolant to stop the engine overheating. Summer driving conditions can also affect your tyres and beware it’s the season when road works are in abundance.
Autumn driving – The Autumn driving conditions will include frost on your windscreen as well as on the road and when fog appears, don’t forget to keep your headlights dipped. Wet leaves are another Autumn driving hazard making the roads slippery, and don’t forget the daylight hours will get shorter as autumn arrives.
Winter driving – Road conditions are at their most challenging in the Winter months, your car needs to be ready for the extreme driving conditions that Winter brings it is also this time of the year that most breakdowns happen.
Driving in snow – Driving in snow and ice is not a good idea, without a 4×4 you are likely to get stuck, so stay safe and don’t drive unless you have to. If you must travel make sure both you and your car are prepared for the driving conditions.
Driving in heavy rain – Both your visibility and stopping distance are severely affected when you drive in heavy rain. Extreme rain conditions will also mean you need your windscreen wipers to work, so replace them if they are worn or damaged.
Driving in flood water – Torrential rainfall can cause streams and rivers to overflow, you might soon find yourself driving in floods. Take care because it only takes 2 foot of moving water to sweep a car away, accidents can and do happen so do not take risks when driving in flood water.
Driving in fog – Driving in dense fog affects your driving perception and can be quite stressful. Follow our advice for what to do in these hazardous driving conditions.
Driving in high winds – Driving in extreme windy conditions brings falling trees on the roads, you also need to be aware of high sided vehicles that may get blown into your path.