Driving to work safely in the snow and ice Created on 09/01/2013 13:11:00
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 . Snow and ice can make driving hazardous, so here are a few tips on how to make your journeys to work safer if you have to drive in freezing conditions and always remember that whenever you drive, whatever the conditions, it is against the law to use a mobile phone.
Driving in Snow
- Allow extra time for your journey
- Clear any snow off all windows and mirrors before you set off
- Remove snow from the roof as well, as this can slide forward over the windscreen when you brake.Clear you front and rear lights, so other people can see you and your signals
- Use dipped headlights at all times
- Watch the behaviour of oncoming traffic; you may have to avoid them if they slide towards you.
- Expect other road users to be unable to stop at junction
- Think ahead. Cars approaching a narrowing of the road uphill, will not want to stop in case they can't start again. Cars approaching downhill, may be unable to stop without skidding
- Try to leave at least a 10 second gap between you and the car in front.
Driving on Ice
- Watch for the signs. Unlike snow, ice is often invisible. So, look for reflections in the road surface ahead because what looks like water may be ice; listen out for your tyres going quiet and if you feel a reduced resistance to your steering wheel movements.
- Know your local danger spots - if you travel a road regularly, note where water collects on the road and may freeze and remember shadowed spots may be slow to thaw.
- Help to avoid skidding by driving gently and avoiding sharp acceleration, hard braking, abrupt downward gear changes, or abrupt steering movements.
- Avoid wheel spin by starting off in second gear. Accelerate gently and change up early.If the wheels start to spin, gently lift off the accelerator until the wheels grip again, then gently accelerate.
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.