Whatever the weather or road conditions drivers should always be aware of other users and road safety. We have listed some top tips for drivers to help make journeys quicker and safer.
Hitting your brakes frequently helps create a traffic accordion as drivers behind you replicate your movement. This slows everybody down in the long run and makes congestion worse.
If traffic is stop-and-go, drive slowly enough that you aren’t braking every few seconds to avoid hitting the car in front of you.
This goes hand-in-hand with giving your brakes a break. Don’t speed up every time there’s a tiny break in congestion, knowing that you will have to slam on your breaks in 15 feet (or less).
You’re not going to get anywhere faster than anyone else in heavy traffic, so try to relax and drive slowly enough that you are neither braking nor accelerating unless you need to.
Driving too close to the car in front of you won’t get you to your destination any faster. In fact, it may slow you down even more.
Giving yourself a car length of space between your front end and the next car gives you room to react to other cars. It also allows you the time to decide whether or not you need to apply the brakes to keep the traffic flow moving.
During times when there is a car accident, construction, or some other occurrence off the side of the road stay focussed on the traffic ahead of you and move past without looking. Trying to see what's happened is only causing more traffic to be delayed behind you.
Changing your route or driving at less busy times it the best way to avoid congestion. There are lots of online tool such as Google Maps which show you traffic congestion and can predict busy or quiet times to help you plan ahead.
If you have the ability to take an alternate mode of transport during rush hour, such as a bus, train or tram, then do so!
Car sharing is another good way to reduce traffic congestion, as it means fewer cars on the road at a given time. Plus having someone to talk to will help make the drive seem even shorter.
When snow or icy roads are forecast you should adjust your driving to suit the conditions and take extra care.
Travelling in fog can be extremely dangerous. Fog can drift rapidly and is often patchy. Warnings of dense fog are issued when visibility is expected to fall below 200 metres. Severe disruption to transport occurs when the visibility falls below 50 metres.
Traveling in severe storms can be dangerous for all road users.