A Guide to Autumn Driving from Listers

Top tips to keep you safe whilst driving.

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Now that we are well into Autumn, with darker nights and cooler temperatures, the roads present a host of potentially dangerous driving hazards. With this in mind, we believe at this time of year it is more important than ever to make sure you are driving as safely as you can.

Here are some tips to help you keep safe on the roads during the Autumn months.

Tyre Safety

An important part of your vehicle to maintain all year round, but even more so in the harsher conditions is your tyres.

It is essential that your tyres are suitable to allow for good grip on the roads, to make braking, steering and accelerating safer and easier. The UK minimum recommendation for good tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and any less than that is deemed illegal. If you require any assistance, our experienced technicians across Listers Group are here to help, and will inspect your tyres free of charge or advise on changing them if needed.

Please get in touch with a member of the team below or contact your local Listers Centre to book an appointment.

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Slippery Roads

There are so many hazards to be aware of whilst driving, one that can present a problem are slippery roads.

Frost, or wet patches on the road not only make the roads more slippery, they could also obscure other potential hazards, such as pot holes and other road markings. Frost in particular can be difficult to detect at night, particularly in shady areas of the road. We recommend that if you are not sure, kill your speed. By slowing down, even just a fraction can give you the time you need to spot a hazard and avoid it.

Fog

Perhaps the most dangerous weather condition you can find yourself in, fog can easily make your average collision a lot worse due to the low visibility. Make sure you leave plenty of room between yourself and the car in front to allow time to react. Headlights and fog lights are also a useful tool to help increase your field of vision, and your visibility to others.

Rain, Wind and Flooding

Not only do rain and floods make the roads themselves more hazardous, heavy rain impacts road visibility, even more so if the driver in front is close. Initially, we recommend you think about whether your journey is necessary to take in these conditions. However, the simplest actions you can take is: slow down and fall back. Slowing down allows more time to react to things happening around you, and increasing the distance between you and the car in front gives you more time to stop if you have to.

Strong winds also present a potentially dangerous scenario for a driver. They affect the driver most when driving on open road or motorways, with strong gusts suddenly moving the vehicle. When this happens, maintain a firm grip on your steering wheel and keep your eyes peeled for debris or other vehicles.

Cooler Temperatures

As it gets colder, the need to ensure your car is prepared for the changes in temperature is something to look out for. Consider changing to autumn or winter tyres, which provide a better quality of grip than standard ones. You may also want to consider ensuring your windscreen wash and engine coolants are correct and fully topped-up too.


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