Vehicle Safety: Weather

The erratic weather conditions in the UK continue to challenge everyone, especially drivers; many accidents have occurred as a result of unpredictable changes in the weather.

To reduce incidents, we implore everyone to read this guide to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead, before agreeing to a vehicle leasing contract for personal or business use. These tips are in the interests of protecting the vehicle and also the safety of our clients as well.

Choose a vehicle that is suitable for different weather conditions – Most vehicles are better suited to a particular weather condition but needless to say, not all of them function well if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Take city cars for example; their smooth tyres, compact nature and low weight make them ideal in urban areas and these cars are quite adaptable, as long as their route has smooth roads and pleasant weather. If taken out of their comfort zone, however, city cars will perform significantly worse and they might even intensify the chances of an accident.

Consider choosing another vehicle if you intend to drive through inclement weather. Alternatively, opt to stay at home!

All drivers should know how to drive in bad weather – While most drivers can expect their fellow drivers to know what to do if the weather changes for the worse, it still pays to be cautious by learning more and practicing how to adapt in these conditions. Advanced driving training classes can help, especially if supplemented with defensive driving skills.

Use appropriate tyres or tyre socks/chains – A variety of tyres are available to allow cars to travel safely even in bad weather. Particularly in the cold months, you may need to equip your vehicle with special snow tyres. While expensive, these tyres are definitely worth the money and may even be required in some locations; however, car snow socks and chains can replace these tyres if necessary. Take note that not all locations accept them as a substitute, especially snow chains, which have been purported to damage roads.

Plan alternative routes just in case of bad weather – Last but not the least, the route also plays a huge role in accidents. Some areas are inherently dangerous (i.e. uphill climbs) whatever the weather but the danger intensifies in snowy weather. Plan a safer route in order to avert disaster.

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