Did you know that the number of accidents on Britain’s roads leaps by an average of 15% in the autumn and winter months? This is according to figures from the Department of Transport.
This time of year can pose some tricky driving conditions from slippery roads because of increased rainfall and falling leaves to the low level of the sun causing problem for motorists as dusk creeps in.
Here are some of our tips for staying safe on the roads at this time of year.
- Being able to see clearly is vital for road safety. The low autumn sun can often make visibility bad, so ensure your windscreen is clean and free from scratches and chips. Seconds of sun-blindness can cause an accident.
- Check your windscreen wiper blades. They don't last forever (a check every couple of years is recommended) and always having your windscreen washer fluid topped up. Use an antifreeze in the winter months.
- Remember your lights!! Get into the habit of switching lights on even if it's getting light or not quite dark yet. Many new vans that we have available for lease have auto light functions which are handy.
- Don't use fog lights unless weather conditions demand them - they can dazzle oncoming motorists.
- Think about your stopping distance. It takes a lot longer to stop on a wet road, so you should always drive more slowly and leave larger gaps between you and the vehicle in front in rainy and foggy conditions.
- Check your tyres to ensure they are safe. Bald or defective tyres are illegal – being caught driving with them could result in a large fine, not to mention penalty points on your licence – and they’re also extremely dangerous, especially on slippery roads. The law requires you to have a tyre tread depth of at least 1.6mm, but for safe driving a depth of at least 3mm is better still.
- Also regularly check your tyre pressure to ensure they are not under or overinflated – both to improve their grip on the road and to slash the amount you shell out on fuel. Many new vehciles, including lots of those we have available to lease, will have inbuilt warning systems if youre pressure dips. But don't rely on this, check them regularly at your local garage.