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Driving in bad weather

Are you and your vehicle ready?

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  • Check weather forecasts and road conditions before you travel
  • Carry provisions in your vehicle (warm, waterproofing clothing, food, water, a mobile phone if possible and a torch)
  • Make sure you have enough petrol for your journey
  • Use the appropriate lights
  • Wear high visibility clothing - poor weather conditions mean it can be harder for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists
  • Adapt your driving - in the wet, fog and ice, keep well back from the car in front, slow down and use appropriate lights (know where your fog lights are) 
  • Keep your vehicle in good working order - make sure brakes and lights work, fluid levels are topped up and your windscreen is clear before you set off.

 

Useful contacts

  • Listen to your local radio - BBC Radio Kent 96.7FM or 104.2FM, or Heart 103.1FM or 102.8FM
  • Select 'TA' (traffic announcement) on your car radio
  • For the latest weather updates visit the Met Office website and for flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website
  • Find out what's happening on the roads by visiting the Highways Agency website when stationary.