- Heavy fog is predicted to hit the UK this week, correct use of fog lights will ensure that drivers don’t pick-up any fines on the road
- Driving with your fog lights on when visibility is not seriously reduced is a criminal offence and can land you a £50 fine1
- Zuto have pulled together their top tips to stay safe whilst driving in bad weather conditions.
- Surveys2 show that 22% of all UK road accidents are caused by bad weather, including heavy fog
With heavy fog forecasted for the upcoming days, now is the perfect time to brush up on your skills whilst driving this winter.
These tips from Zuto are here to offer you a helping hand in keeping safe on the roads by highlighting what to do if you’re faced with adverse weather conditions:
How to drive in heavy fog:
- Reduce your speed: with your visibility most likely impaired, slow down to give yourself more time to react to any situations you may encounter.
- Keep your distance: give the driver ahead of you that little bit of extra room than you normally would to give yourself more time to react if they suddenly brake or make a surprise manoeuvre.
- Keep your windows clear: Heavy fog can cause condensation in your car and drastically reduce your visibility as it builds up on your windshield. So, make sure you turn the heater on to de-mist your windshield and all other windows in your vehicle before setting off.
- Use your fog lights when necessary: When visibility is less than 100m it is perfectly legal to use your fog lights and they will help improve your visibility and also make other drivers aware of you on the roads. Don’t forget to turn them off once visibility improves though, as leaving them on could land you a £50 fine!
How to drive in snow and Ice:
- Accelerate gently to avoid your wheels spinning: When pulling away from a stationary start, be sure to put your car in second gear and rev gently to get going.
- Watch your speed and Distance: Like driving in the rain, stopping distances will be significantly more in snowy conditions (up to ten times greater), so consider slowing down.
- Watch out for glare: Keep your windscreen clean and wear sunglasses as low winter sun and snow can reduce your visibility massively.
- Beware of skidding: If you feel that you’re starting to skid, don’t hit the brakes. Instead, take your foot off of the accelerator and allow the car to slow before you gain control again. If you find your car starting to spin, steer into it and straighten up again whilst softly pressing the brakes.
Commenting on the bad weather safety tips, Lucy Sherliker, Head of Customer at Zuto says: “Although driving in adverse weather conditions can be daunting, we’ve put together these top tips to make sure you feel at ease and are able to still complete your journey safely this winter.”