Adverse weather conditions can make driving treacherous and increase the risk of road traffic accidents. If you’re gearing up for a long journey or you regularly drive to work, it’s important to be aware of how the weather can affect driving, especially in snowy conditions.
How do snowy conditions affect driving?
Snow presents serious risks for drivers and even the smallest, shortest snow shower can cause chaos on the roads and increase the risk of being injured in a car crash. When it snows, the roads can quickly become icy and slippery, visibility may be poor and grip on the tyres may be reduced. Snowfall can also hide obstructions, which may pose a danger to motorists, such as speed bumps, fences and bollards in the road. Warning signs may also be covered and glare from the sun bouncing off the snow can make it more difficult to see. Your stopping distance is also greatly increased when it snows, increasing the risk of collisions on the road.
Tips for driving safely in the snow
If the weather forecast is poor and heavy snow is expected, consider whether or not your journey is essential; if it isn’t, stay at home. Before you set out in snowy weather, check the tread on your tyres, check your engine oil level and ensure you have plenty of petrol; clear all windows, mirrors, lights and your windscreen of ice or snow and ensure that you can see clearly. Take warm clothing and a waterproof jacket, a torch, food and water and a first aid kit with you in the car and carry a mobile phone so that you can ring for help in the event that you get stuck.
Drive slowly and carefully in a high gear and try to avoid revving your engine; accelerate gradually and leave plenty of room between yourself and the cars in front. If you feel the car starting to skid, gently steer into it and keep hold of the steering wheel at all times to prevent a car crash; avoid braking suddenly and forcefully. If there is a heavy downpour of snow and you can’t see the road in front, check your mirrors, slow down and find a safe place to pull over.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve been involved in a road accident in the snow and you weren’t at fault, you may be able to claim car crash compensation for your injuries. If you’ve been injured on the roads and you would like to pursue a road accident claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more. Accident Advice Helpline boasts years of experience and our firm is endorsed by consumer rights champion, Dame Esther Rantzen.
To start the claims process, speak with a member of our specialist team today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice