Driving in the correct lane

Return to the left hand lane once you have finished overtaking, or if you are delaying traffic. If you are overtaking several slower vehicles, it may be safer to remain in the middle or outer lanes until the manoeuvre is completed, rather than continually changing lanes.

Stopping distances

Do not travel too close to the vehicle in front of you. Try using the two second rule - two seconds is the minimum amount of time there should be between you and the vehicle in front.

Poor weather conditions

  • Hail, heavy snow and rain reduce visibility. Adjust your driving to the conditions
  • Tyres have less grip on wet or icy roads, so leave a much bigger gap between you and the vehicle in front
  • Watch out for fog, it drifts rapidly and is often patchy
  • When you run into fog or other bad weather conditions, always reduce your speed so that you can stop within the distance you can see
  • Use dipped headlights and front or rear fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres. Remember to switch them off again when visibility improves
  • Don't drive too close to the vehicle in front, as this may give you a false sense of security
  • Even if the fog seems to be clearing, don’t speed up suddenly. You can suddenly find yourself back in it
  • Use your windscreen wipers and demisters to keep the windscreen clear
  • Winter sun rays can be dangerous. If the sun is too low for the visor it may be worth keeping a pair of sunglasses handy

Further information on adverse weather can be found in the UK Highway Code. 



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