Winter isn't a fun time to drive: the roads are wet, winds batter you from all directions and you'll inevitably get stuck in more traffic than normal. We're running Crash Avoidance for the Ambulatory Vet, a course designed to prevent spins and crashes and with that in mind we've put together some top tips for winter driving (we know it’s boring but we want our vets to stay safe!)


During extreme weather motorists are advised against driving altogether, but for ambulatory vets this is simply not an option. From a quick Google search, much of the guidance is geared towards driving in heavy snow, a rare occurence in the UK. The doom and gloom of Britains weather is more likely to bring wind, rain and dark nights. We collated some simple tips to limit the misery it brings.

Wind

  • Take extra care when overtaking others - particularly be aware of sudden gusts of wind when passing large vehicles such as lorries.
  • Hold the steering wheel firmly - maintaining a constant grip of the wheel will give you as much control as possible.

Rain

  • Reduce your speed - slowing down lessens the risk of aquaplaning.
  • Use a low gear when driving through flooded areas - keep your engine revs up but don’t rush to avoid flooding your engine.
  • Put your lights on - you will improve your visibility to others when driving in the rain or spray.

The Dark

  • Check your lightbulbs - ensure both your rear and head-lights are functioning correctly.
  • Clean your windows and windscreen - condensation can leave a hazy film on your windscreen and windows which will impair visibility.
  • Pack supplies in case of emergency - store a collapsible shovel and reflective jackets in your boot.


Improve your driving skills on our upcoming course

A brand new course for 2019 aims to help prevent spins and crashes, both physically in a car and mentally. 

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