Bitter cold, snow, slippery roads, unpredictable weather conditions and low light levels are just a few elements of winter that can make driving conditions risky and with a cold snap around the corner, here are some tips for staying safe on the roads at this time of year.
As a driver you should also take extra care to look out for pedestrians and cyclists at this time of year. Winter clothing is often dark in colour and can make it harder to see those on foot and hoods or umbrellas can mean that pedestrians find it harder to see you. Remember also that cyclists and or pedestrians may take up a different road position than expected (i.e. they may not be sticking to pavements or cycle lanes if they have been flooded or are icy).
But it’s not just the cold, rain or ice that you need to beware of. Although bright, sunny winter days often provide a welcome mood booster, the winter sunlight can present an unexpected hazard. The angle of the sun will frequently be too low for a visor to help. Where you are struggling with glare, you should slow down. A pair of sunglasses can also be useful as will ensuring your screen is clean and grease free.