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Driving and the weather
Severe weather driving

Snow and ice

When driving  In ice and snow we need to leave 10 times the normal stopping distance. The normal distance is easily measured by using the two second rule. As you drive along take notice of a landmark such as a road sign or lamppost, Ask the car in front passes that landmark count one to slowly. If you pass the landmark before you've counted to your to close. When it's raining increase it to 4 seconds and install a nice increase it to 10 times so distance making a 22nd gap.

In any kind of severe weather always make an informed decision about whether it is actually safe to drive at all. Remember that you are not only risking yourself but others on the road. If you do not have to travel it's best not to. Emergency services are already stretched to the limit, if it's dangerous for you to travel then it's dangerous for them to. They may be experts but they are also mortal and have people at home waiting for them.

Watch out for the car insurance

watch out for the car insurance
Are you supervising a learner ?
There is also the issue of car insurance being rendered invalid, should you make the decision to drive when a severe weather warning is in place with the Met office. If your travel was not essential your insurance company can refuse to pay out on a claim. This can in some cases also result and your insurance being invalid and therefore you could be prosecuted for driving with no insurance.

Driving license now can be quite challenging however keeping a good distance from the vehicle in front using effective observation, and careful Use of the controls, there is no reason why you shouldn't make short journey safely. Avoid any erratic steering, steer smoothly and gradually. Plan the road ahead and make sure you're not distracted by passengers or any in car entertainment.

Using natural engine braking can be very useful when driving an ice and snow. Use the highest gear possible so that you can change down and avoid too much use of the break when slowing down. Sharp or sudden breaking could result in the car skidding. Should you manage to induce a skid, and your car starts to slide to the right, always stay to the right. This brings the car back in a straight line. If you steer in the opposite direction, that being the lift in the car will only turn round in a circle. It can, in some cases, actually gain speed if it spins.

Heavy rain and flooding

Heavy rain can cause flooding. Always drive through deep puddles very slowly. Avoid hitting the water at speed as this can cover the vehicle in water and cause a very dangerous temporary blindspot. If the water is deep enough and you're going over 55 miles an hour, you can induce a condition called aquaplaning. This is where the vehicle temporarily lifts up onto the water much like hovercraft. This is actually worse than trying to control the car on ice. Ice is at least solid and the tires can try and gain some kind of Traction. With water there is nothing for the tires to grip at all, and therefore once the car has started to aquaplane there is very little you can do to control the vehicle until the tires made contact with the road again. If the car has started to aquaplane there is absolutely no control from the steering and the tires are not in contact with the road.

Aquaplaning tends to happen a lot on motorways and dual carriageways where speed limits are higher . These carriageways tend to be flat also and the rain doesn't drain away as easily or quickly I want a normal ride. When it's been raining heavily, and then the clouds part and the Sun shines on the road, this can be quite blinding. Adjust your speed accordingly and use a sunvisor or glasses so your visibility is not impaired too much of a degree.

Severe weather driving

Severe weather driving

https://nationalhighways.co.uk/road-safety/travelling-in-severe-weather/

Driving license now can be quite challenging however keeping a good distance from the vehicle in front using effective observation, and careful Use of the controls, there is no reason why you shouldn't make short journey safely. Avoid any erratic steering, steer smoothly and gradually. Plan the road ahead and make sure you're not distracted by passengers or any in car entertainment.

Using natural engine braking can be very useful when driving an ice and snow. Use the highest gear possible so that you can change down and avoid too much use of the break when slowing down. Sharp or sudden breaking could result in the car skidding. Should you manage to induce a skid, and your car starts to slide to the right, always stay to the right. This brings the car back in a straight line. If you steer in the opposite direction, that being the lift in the car will only turn round in a circle. It can, in some cases, actually gain speed if it spins.