The Most Common Mistakes People Make With Winter Driving.
Winter driving can be an absolute nightmare.
Snow, sleet, rain and drizzle are just some of the delights which our English weather challenge us with! Not to mention fog, mist and hail; all of which seem to strike just when we could really do with the roads being nice and dry so we can get to work quickly!
Everyone makes loads of really simple mistakes when driving in the winter, which often results in car accidents, traffic collisions and near misses! Let me tell you about these mistakes and I bet you make them as well!
- Driving too fast.
Driving too fast is a really obvious mistake when driving at any time of the year, but this is a really common mistake particularly in winter. The nights are dark and cold and all you want to do is get home to snuggle up on the sofa and watch the T.V at home. But slow down on your way! Black ice and slippery roads could well cause you a fatal accident if you drive too fast on a dark evening.
- Driving too slow.
Driving too slow can be as dangerous as driving too fast. Drivers are often more tired in the winter due to the lack of sunlight, this means that many people loose concentration or are more easily frustrated than normal. Driving too slowly can encourage drivers around you to overtake recklessly and cause risk to themselves and those around them.
- Underestimating rain.
Rain seems like an inconsequential weather phenomenon in England where it rains almost daily! In the winter roads are often wet, and we think nothing of it because we are so used to them. However, wet roads can be deadly. The water essentially smooths out the road by filling up all the little holes and bumps which usually cause friction and allows your tires to move over the surface safely. Wet weather means the roads can get really slippery when wet, threatening your car safety and the safety of others.
- Don’t drink and drive.
Of course this is an obvious one. But after those drinks at the Christmas party last night I bet you woke up feeling a little worse for wear. If you have to drive early in the morning the day after drinking, the alcohol could still be in your system. This will mean that your reactions are slower and you are more likely to have an accident while driving.
Knowledge is power and knowing these common mistakes will help you drive safely through the winter period. Don’t underestimate rain and save the party until your day off!