Winter driving advice was offered to DRIVERS as more rain is expected to arrive over the New Year.
When driving in winter, drivers must be more careful and are exposed to a higher risk of fines and accidents.
experts out auto shop have compiled a list of the top winter weather driving tips to follow to stay safe on the roads.
Planning your route is high on the list.
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When the weather worsens, it’s far better to stick to bigger roads and more popular routes.
These are likely to be less affected by the worst of conditions and also benefit from the most attention from highway authorities.
Driving in snow and ice can be very dangerous.
The number one tip to keep in mind when there is snow or ice is to allow plenty of time for your trip.
Limit the amount of pressure you put on the accelerator when starting off to limit wheel spin, and do so in second gear.
Always leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front, and when driving downhill, keep your vehicle in low gear to avoid having to brake constantly.
But torrential rain can be just as dangerous.
Rain and spray from the road can significantly reduce visibility of the road ahead and vehicles around you.
In such circumstances, always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front as it may take longer to stop.
If there is a lot of surface water, drivers are also at risk of aquaplaning.
If this happens and you lose control of the steering, you should ease off the accelerator and gradually slow down.
If you come across a flooded route, never attempt to cross it unless you are unsure of the water depth.
Driving through deep water can damage your vehicle and is a cause of many vehicle write-offs.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/9956454/experts-offer-winter-driving-advice-bad-weather/ Experts offer winter driving advice when more bad weather sets in – it could save you £1,000 in fines or repairs