Check your tyres
It is important to check the condition of your tyres as we approach these wetter months. The legal minimum requirement is to have a tread depth of 1.6mm, but it is recommended that you consider a tread depth of 3mm in winter/wetter driving conditions. This will provide you with more grip and safer braking distances.
Drive at an appropriate speed
This is a given during any season of the year. However, it is crucial that you remain at an appropriate speed as we hit autumn.
Throughout these months, you have to contend with ever-changing road conditions and face the risk of reduced visibility through fog or brighter sunlight.
Maintaining an appropriate speed and distance between yourself and the car in front will ensure you have enough time and space to react, should you need to.
A pile of wet leaves on the road may look quintessentially autumnal, but over time they can cause havoc on the road – creating damp and slippery conditions.
A wet road surface increases the risk of skidding. If your car does start to skid, avoid braking. Although this may feel unnatural, easing off the power and steering towards the direction of the skid will give you a greater chance of regaining control of the vehicle.
Check your fluids
As the temperatures change, it’s important to make sure you check your fluid levels. From your engine coolant to your washer fluid, take the time to check your levels and fill up where necessary.
Your engine coolant helps control the temperatures of your engine in all conditions, meaning it will play a crucial role over the coming months. The last thing you need when driving in unpredictable conditions is to be caught out with a low supply of some of your vital fluids.