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Learning to Drive in Adverse Weather

Daily Echo: Bad Weather Bad Weather

Learning to Drive in Adverse Weather Blue School of Motoring can tailor a driving course that will help you cope with all of the following.

You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves. Wet weather. In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads. This is because your tyres have less grip on the road. In wet weather you should keep well back from the vehicle in front.

This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead if the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road.

Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually the rain and spray from vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel that will make the surface very slippery (see 'Vehicle maintenance, safety and security take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders Icy and snowy weather In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather.

DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey. Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.

Before you set off you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows you MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted

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