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Autumn Driving Tips

Autumn Drive
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The blog this week is some tips on Autumn Driving. Everyone is trying to save money at the moment, interest rates are rising, fuel bills are rising, food costs are soaring etc so when it comes to owning a car, we need all the help we can get to keep costs down. Read on to find out more:

Did you know that Autumn is the most dangerous time of the year to be driving on the roads in the UK, more so for all you new drivers out there, who have not experienced the extreme conditions that we have in the UK during the autumn season. Make sure that your car is de misted properly before you start your journey.

Few people give any thought to the autumn, when the sun is low – you can easily be dazzled – make sure you have sunglasses to hand. Make sure you keep your windscreen of your Volvo or Toyota clean inside and out to avoid fogging.

The heavy rain showers we can experience can quickly leave the roads littered with lots of water and puddles because the leaves that have fallen are often blocking drains. These puddles can often be deceptively deep and also mask potholes (and let’s be honest – our roads are littered with potholes!) – be aware of the road conditions and adjust your driving accordingly and avoid puddles when safe to do so. Don’t swerve into the opposite lane and don’t drive through at speed either – be aware of cyclists and pedestrians on pavements. We have seen cyclists literally knocked off their bikes when engulfed in a deluge of water from flooded roads. Instead slow down and drive to the conditions. Also make sure that your tyres re inflated correctly and there is sufficient tread and tread depth on your tyres.

The often incredibly strong winds on bridges and motorways can cause lorries to swerve from side to side and sometimes even topple over. When you pass a high sided vehicle in your Volvo or Toyota in strong winds be prepared to get caught by a gust of wind. Keep an eye out for debris that may have been blown into the road in towns and cities. Be aware of other road users when swerving to avoid these items.

The mass of dead leaves which can often mask potholes, road markings and puddles. Take care when approaching junctions in your Volvo or Toyota as it may make your breaking more difficult and you may experience sliding of your car. Less haste on your daily commute is what is called for.

The poor visibility that fog brings can add up to a potential nightmare for inexperienced motorists. Watch your speed and ensure you have your fog lights on. Remember to switch off your fog lights when there is no fog. You risk potentially invalidating your insurance if you were not using your fog lights in the event of an accident. Fog lights can dazzle other road users and they can get confused with brake lights (when they are being used unnecessarily) so remember to switch them off when visibility improves. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

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