DIA: Change in weather brings difficult driving conditions

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As the UK weather is expected to change after an unseasonally warm and dry April, drivers are cautioned by DIAmond Advanced Motorists to drive more carefully to avoid unnecessary accidents and to ensure that their tyres comply with UK legal requirements.

As pleasant weather conditions look set to subside across the UK, motorists are advised to be extra vigilant to avoid making claims on their car insurance. Also, consumers should have set in place adequate insurance for caravan or motorhome.

During periods of dry weather, DIAmond Advanced Motorists emphasises that deposits of oil, rubber and fuel mount up on road surfaces, which can become hazardous after coming in contact with water.

Tyres cannot grip the surface of the road, which can impact the directional control and braking of the vehicle.

Howard Redwood, head of road safety for DIAmond Advanced Motorists, said: "Driving blind is highly dangerous and is often the cause of pile-ups.

"Bear in mind that road situations never change suddenly, they are always in a state of flux, so be prepared."

His top tips for drivers are to ensure that windscreen washer levels are kept up, assessing whether or not tyres have enough tread and are the right pressure, and leaving ample stopping distances.

There are a number of useful tips you can follow when towing your caravan which will improve your safety and also that of other road-users:

  •     allow more time and brake earlier when slowing down or stopping
  •     allow three times the normal distance and time when overtaking
  •     when driving in torrential rain and driving winds, a good rule of thumb is doubling on the ‘one thousand one, one thousand two’ count rule
  •     take account of the extra length especially when emerging or turning a junctions
  •     if you are holding up a queue of traffic pull over and let them pass

If the trailer or caravan you are towing starts to snake you should ease off the accelerator slowly, allow a certain amount of 'twitch' in the steering and reduce speed until the snaking has stopped.

The Caravan Club provides over 40 free information leaflets to its members on all aspects of touring from technical information on driving conditions and reverse polarity to hints and tips for towing to popular European destinations.

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