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Stay safe on the road in the winter

01 December, 2014

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FACT: Bad weather causes accidents. Whether it is snow, floods, fog or strong winds then it is always wise to avoid driving wherever possible in extreme weather. Accident claims specialists First4lawyers have produced a short guide to make essential journeys safe journeys:

Two hands: wind, particularly gusty wind never blows steadily and you can find your vehicle buffeted around on long stretches of open road or when in the slip stream of other vehicles. Keep both hands on the wheel at the nine and three or eight and four position and anticipate what’s happening to others ahead of you.

Watch your speed: The faster you drive then the further you are likely to drift if caught in a gust. Slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Stop in a safe area: If the weather does force you to stop your vehicle then aim for a safe and sheltered location. Avoid stopping on bridges and in exposed areas.

Power line awareness: If a power line comes down near you then stay in your vehicle and call the emergency services for immediate help.

High-sided vehicles: If you think you are getting buffeted around in a car then think what it must be like driving a bus, coach or truck. Be vigilant of those vehicles around you as a gust could easily blow them into your lane.

Flying debris: Keep a look out for downed trees, bins and debris flying around and drive with caution to ensure you have enough time to stop.

Be prepared: Plan your journey, check travel reports in advance of setting off and take an emergency kit out with you including a fully charged mobile phone, warm weather-proof clothing and food and water.