The weather can be unpredictable and can create extremely hazardous conditions on the road. These extreme conditions make driving dangerous and require special safety precautions. Your safety is important to , so whether you drive on company time or simply during your commute, observe these safety tips when driving turns difficult.
Rain and Thunderstorms
- Turn your headlights, wipers and demister on to increase visibility.
- Drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you and reduce your speed.
- Allow increased space between your vehicle and others, and leave extra time to stop.
- If you begin to hydroplane, hold the steering wheel straight and remove your foot from the accelerator.
- If you are caught in a thunderstorm, pull off the road in an open area and away from trees (to avoid a lightning strike).
- Always remove ice and snow from your windows, bonnet and headlights before departing.
- Drive with extreme caution and at slow speeds. You will need 3 to 12 times the amount of stopping distance than you need without precipitation.
- If possible, avoid bridges and flyovers since they freeze first.
- Do not brake quickly as you may spin out of control.
- If you should get stuck, straighten your wheels and accelerate at a slow pace.
- Slow down before you reach a patch of fog in front of you.
- Use only your low beams or fog lights, and put on your demister and windscreen wipers to increase visibility.
- If the fog is extremely thick, roll down all of your windows to hear other vehicles around you.
- If you cannot see the road’s edge, pull off on the left and put on your hazard warning lights. Do not start driving again until you can see.
We have a dedicated 24/7 NC Assist claims line for any vehicle accidents or incidents. Simply call 0845 194 9236 at any time.
In the event of suffering a non-motor vehicle loss outside of office hours, you should report the incident directly to your insurer. You can find your insurers’ claim line telephone number on your policy documents.