Anyone from Lincolnshire knows what our roads are like especially in the winter. We get to know where the regular crash sites are, where to start breaking on a corner in case the farmer is turning out his field and where other people tend to forget about the speed limit in a rush to get home. The clocks have now gone back which means that the majority of people will be commuting in the dark.

Whilst I was driving into work this morning in the gloomy torrential rain, the local radio station on their traffic and travel told of numerous collisions and warned motorists to drive to the conditions, especially with the fog which has covered most of Lincolnshire for the last two days.

So what should we be driving like in these conditions?

When driving in heavy rain or even wet conditions even the most experienced driver can be caught out. By preparing for adverse winter conditions you have a better chance to stay safe.

The Highway Code states:

  • You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 meters.
  • You may use front and rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves.
  • Rear fog lights can mask your brake lights and dazzle the driver behind so turn them off when visibility improves.
  • Double the distance between you and the car in front, your stopping distances are increased on wet roads.
  • If aquaplaning occurs, do not panic, do not brake but hold the steering.

Follow the above to ensure that your winter driving doesn’t put you at risk but if you are involved in a collision and it was not your fault, contact our Personal Injury team at Ringrose Law as you may be entitled to compensation.

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