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.
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.
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.