Roads and Fog
Watch out for Fog
- In foggy conditions, drive very slowly using dipped headlights.
- Use fog-lights if visibility is seriously reduced, but remember to switch them off when visibility improves.
- Don't hang on to the space of the vehicle in front.
- Don't speed up suddenly, even if the fog seems to be clearing. You can suddenly find yourself back in thick fog as it drifts rapidly and is often patchy.
Dazzle from winter sun can be dangerous. If it is below the visor use sunglasses.
- Don't attempt to cross if the water seems too deep.
- Stay in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling.
- Drive slowly and avoid areas where the water is deepest, usually near the kerb.
- Remember - test your brakes when you have passed the flooded area before you drive at normal speed.
- If you do hit ice and feel the car start to slide take your foot off the accelerator immediately, don’t be tempted to brake (this will increase your risk of spinning) and steer gently into the slide.
- The best way to avoid sliding in the first place is to make sure your speed is right, it may need to be slower than you think, at just 30mph you are travelling 30ft every second.
- To reduce the risk further make sure you are very smooth when you accelerate, brake or turn.