Driving to work safely in the dark, fog and rain Created on 09/01/2013 12:48:00
With the winter now upon us, Langstone Technology Park which offers office space for rent and offices for lease in Hampshire is reminding all tenants how they can drive to work more safely .Dark nights, fog and rain can all make driving a lot more challenging, so here are a few tips on how to make your journeys to work safer and always remember that whenever you drive, whatever the conditions, it is against the law to use a mobile phone.
Driving at Night
- Avoid being dazzled by oncoming lights by glancing at the left hand side of your lane while keeping your peripheral vision alert to hazards.
- Double check you are adhering to speed limits, particularly variable limits. Watch out for very low speed limits near nurseries and schools for example, the speed limit near Langstone Technology Park’s pre-school nursery drops from 20mph to 5mph.
- Check that both your headlights and dashboard lights are on so you can see the road as well as all of your instruments.
- Regularly clean your headlights to ensure they give you maximum visibility at night.
- Only use your high-beams in countryside areas and dip them as you approach traffic or a hill so as to avoid blinding other drivers.
Driving in Fog
- Be aware if your local area is susceptible to fog.
- Allow more distance between vehicles. Increase your count distance by 5 seconds instead of the normal 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front.
- Avoid speeding in an attempt to escape the fog – remember less haste, more speed.
- Be aware that the increased moisture in the air will hit the windscreen making it more difficult to see, so make sure you adjust the defroster and windscreen wiper speed as necessary.
- Switch your fog lights on and/or use your low beams. The light from high beam headlights will be reflected back by thick fog.
- Ensure you stay in your lane as there's a natural tendency to wander into the middle of the road when visibility gets bad.
- Beware of ’freezing fog’. In some climates, fog near the freezing point can freeze on contact with cold road surfaces, causing black ice.
- If you really can’t see, pull over to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
Driving in the rain
- Switch on your headlights to the appropriate setting.
- It is even more important in rain to keep a minimum of a good five car lengths from the car in front of you.
- Drive at or below the speed limit ensuring you can see far enough in front of you to make safe driving decisions.
- Know your tyres. Be aware that the braking speed of your car will be affected by the type and condition of your tyres.
- Be aware of ‘hydroplaning’, where your vehicle travels on top of the water and has no or very little contact with the ground. If this happens to you, take your foot of the accelerator and steer straight or slightly in the direction you must go. Avoid sudden movements and stay calm.
- Avoid flooded roads wherever possible. It is best to avoid standing or flowing water if possible. If not, follow someone else to judge the depth of the water. Flooding the engine of your car can cause the engine to stall, and deep water can actually float your car and take it off the road.
- Turn on the defroster if your windscreen begins to fog.
- Be aware that brakes can be affected by water, so remember to test your brakes after driving through deep water.
- Watch out for – and try to avoid potholes and ruts where pools or water collect and can splash up in front of you obscuring your vision; but remember to stay in your lane.
- You can also try using a rain repellent product on side windows and mirrors to clear standing raindrops .
This Winter, Langstone Technology Park which offers office space for rent and offices for lease in Hampshire is reminding tenants to adhere to speed limits (20mph – 5mph near the nursery), follow the directional signage around the car parks, be mindful of zebra crossings and generally be more aware of, and courteous to, other drivers.