How to stay safe by adapting your driving to the winter weather

Some weather experts are predicting a mild winter in the UK, others are suggesting it will unusually severe. We've yet to experience it fully as yet - it has been so far, relatively mild. Whoever is right though, one thing is certain: the coming months will feature plenty of examples of adverse conditions for business drivers.

For those of us who have to get around whatever the weather, here is a quick guide to how to drive in the five worst types of British weather.


Heavy rain


  • Use low revs and higher gears. Accelerate gradually and, if you can, move away in second gear to reduce wheel spin.
  • Obviously don’t drive as fast as normal and leave much more braking space. Some experts say allow ten times more distance than normal.
  • Avoid following in other’s tyres tracks where the compacted snow will be more slippery.
  • If you start to skid, don’t stamp on the brake. Gently steer in the same direction as the skid until you regain control.

High winds

  • Strong winds are rarely constant. Reduce speed so you can cope with sudden gusts that can get under your vehicle and adversely affect handling.
  • Hold the wheel firmly and prepare for gusts as you pass high-sided vehicles.
  • Take special care on high exposed bridges and if you are towing.
  • Avoid parking under trees.


  • Turn on dipped headlights and fog-lights.
  • Note that automatic headlights may not turn on in fog, so do it manually.
  • At severely foggy junctions, wind down your windows to listen for approaching vehicles.

For more detail about winter driving visit the AA and to find out further info, click here