Weather warnings: how to drive when the wind changes

Last week we had snow, this week we had sun, who knows what next week will bring? As you start digging out all of your summer clothes, think about how your driving may have to change alongside the weather? What do you need to do to stay safe on the road as the temperature rises?

What has changed?

You would think that with Winter gone the roads would be safe again, but Spring brings its own troublesome conditions. Rain and flooding are two of the major culprits! We may have got through the April showers but slippery roads are still around and will reduce your car’s handling ability and increase your stopping distance. Big puddles also cut down on tyre traction and could lead to hydroplaning.

We’ve had a bit of hail recently. Falling ice from the sky isn’t great news for your car, so try to avoid driving in it if possible.

We all love the hot and sunny weather, but those rays can cause glare and the angle of the sun will often be too low for your visor to help. If you are blinded by the sunlight, reduce your speed immediately.

There are steps to reducing glare, for instance by keeping both the inside and outside of your windscreen clean and grease free, there is less of a chance that you’ll be dazzled by the sunlight. Wear sunglasses/dark tinted lenses whilst driving. Just remember to take them off when the sun goes in!

What else to look out for

We’d suggest doing some vehicle checks, just to make sure nothing has damaged your vehicle. Maybe give your car a Spring clean at the same time, then the interior will be just as good as the exterior.

In the Spring, animals come out of hibernation. They’re often disorientated and tired so may wander out into the road without thinking. Keep an eye out for furry friends when driving past their natural habitats – there are often road signs to warn you if there are animals nearby.

Along with the animals, the Spring brings out the cyclists. Check your mirrors constantly, especially near junctions, to make sure you don’t have any collisions.

Also be on the lookout for children walking along the road – they’ll be giddy from their ice creams so may not pay much attention to traffic.

The changeable weather also changes the road surface itself. The repetitive freeze/thaw action caused by fluctuating temperatures creates pot holes, which are every road-user’s enemy. Try to avoid them when possible, but if there’s no way around, drive slowly over them so you do not damage your car.

If you’re looking for a new set of wheels this Spring, take a look at our new cars at your local Perrys dealership.