Winter Driving

We are in the midst of winter and Britain is on standby for a big freeze. Winter is a season where you must ensure that you pay extra attention to your driving, as road conditions become particularly dangerous. Whether it be snow, ice, rain or fog, all of these weather conditions will be sure to have an impact on your driving.

There are several things that you can do to increase the safety of your driving in snow and on ice. When you set off in the morning, be sure to allow some extra time to de-ice your windows or clear your car of snow before departing. Remember to remove any snow from the roof of your car, as braking sharply could cause the snow to fall onto the windscreen which could in turn, block your view. It is always a good idea to plan the route of your journey and make attempts to discover whether or not there are any congested roads or roadworks.

Ensure to keep well back from the car in front, as this will increase your ability to see and plan ahead. Winter sun may also impair your vision whist driving, so keep a pair of sunglasses handy just in case the sun becomes blinding.

The Highway Code, a full copy of which is available and can be printed from the website www.gov.uk, contains a number of rules for drivers driving in winter weather conditions. The rules to pay special attention to are rules 226-237 which are the rules for driving in adverse weather conditions. Why not take a few minutes to refresh your memory of the Highway Code this winter and see if there is anything you can do to make yourself a safer driver on our roads?

According to research from the Department for Transport in 2013, winter is a dangerous time for those on the roads, with reports of 57,260 car accidents resulting from icy, wet or flooded roads. The IAM road safety chief executive Nick Stonard has said that, “Driving in winter requires much more care and preparation”.

Did you know that 48% of winter car accidents are a result of skidding? This is due to the fact that in the cold winter months, car tyres do not have enough grip on them for the bitter weather conditions. In order to prevent any winter car accidents that may occur as a result of skidding, many drivers choose to fit winter tyres to increase their safety on the roads.

If you do happen to be involved in a car accident this winter, not only may you find yourself driving a courtesy car and forking out for an increased insurance premium, you may well find yourself being arrested or charged for a driving offence. This offence could be anything from speeding to dangerous driving, but whatever the offence, Emery Johnson Astills Solicitors has an experienced criminal defence team that will be able to offer you personal yet professional legal advice.

Should you require any legal assistance in relation to a driving offence this winter, please feel free to contact a member of our criminal department on 0116 255 4855, who will be more than happy to assist you.