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Autumn Driving Tips

Taking extra care on the road this Autumn.

There are many things to love about autumn; the crunchy leaves, the warm hues of nature’s natural colour change and hot pumpkin spiced lattes. But the arrival of autumn also brings some hazards to our roads. Take a look at the hazards that come along with Autumn and how to be safe on the roads.

Be careful of the: Slippery Roads

  • As nice fallen leaves may look, when wet they can become extremely slippery. They can also cover up road markings or conceal other hazards.
  • Autumn coincides with deer breeding season, so if you are driving in wooded/rural areas or around Richmond Park, be extra cautious.

Be careful of the: Low Sun

  • In autumn’s rush hour, the sun is at that stage where it is not down completely just yet but it is still quite low. This can have a big impact on your vision which can become very dangerous for you and others around you. Use your visor to create some shade for your eyes.
  • Keep the inside and the outside of your windscreen clean to reduce any glare and reduce the chances of creating condensation.

Be careful of the: Rain

  • Rain can reduce your visibility when driving and increases the stopping distance. It is therefore vital to keep a safe speed and advisable to double the distance between you and the car in front.
  • A regular check of your lights and the conditions of your windscreen is also advisable.
  • When driving, should the steering begin to feel light or unresponsive due to rain or standing water, ease off the accelerator and gradually slow down.
  • Do not attempt to cross deep water. Vehicles can float in as little as 2 feet of standing water.

Be careful of the: Fog

  • Fog is one of the most dangerous weather conditions to drive in.
  • Leave a distance of at least 3 seconds between you and the car in front. Should the car in front of you stop suddenly, this distance will give you enough time for you to stop in time.
  • Use your headlights and fog lights to increase your visibility to others on the road.
  • Wind down your window at a junction and listen for traffic.