As the UK continues to be impacted by stormy conditions, it is important for motorists to take steps to drive safely.
Britons are today advised not to travel during Hurricane Franklin as more than 400 homes have been evacuated.
A tornado warning was also issued for third storm in five days.
It comes after Cyclone Eunice hit Britain with winds of 122 mph on Friday.
But if you need to drive, Ian Fido of the RED Driving School has these top tips.
Plan your route and don’t rush
Give your car plenty of time and make sure your car’s engine is warmed up before you start.
Thoroughly de-ice the vehicle and ensure clear visibility through all windows.
Check for closures due to inclement weather before departure.
Slow down and increase the distance between vehicles
Slowing down and increasing the distance between you and other vehicles will give you more time to react to unpredictable situations.
Give more space to motorcyclists and cyclists who are prone to gusts of wind.
Also be wary of tall vehicles on the highway.
Avoid the smaller roads
Use main roads if possible. They are better lit, allowing a better view of any fallen branches or debris.
They are also less likely to be blocked by fallen trees.
Notice the distance between buildings and trees
Gaps in buildings and trees can leave cars vulnerable to sudden gusts of wind from different directions.
Be careful around you. Be prepared when approaching these gaps and leave plenty of space between you and other road users.
Hold the door tight
When entering or exiting the vehicle, hold the doors firmly to prevent them from opening or causing serious damage to the door hinges or hitting the vehicle and other objects.
Invest in all-season tires
All-season tires combine the best properties of summer and winter tires to create a comprehensive performance tyre.
By investing in them early, you can avoid the hassle and expense of changing tires between summer and winter.
They are recommended regardless of whether you live in an area of the country that is particularly susceptible to extreme weather.
Bring your winter essentials
You never know when you might be stranded due to weather conditions. Be prepared.
Pack a torch, a blanket to keep warm, and a portable charger for your devices.
Your vehicle should also carry a warning triangle at all times in case the vehicle breaks down.
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