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Autumn Weather Precautions: Tips for Securely Transporting People During Rainy and Stormy Seasons

Autumn in the UK brings with it a cascade of golden leaves, crisp mornings, and the first hints of winter’s chill. But alongside these picturesque scenes, we often face inclement weather: persistent rain, gusty winds, and at times, turbulent storms. For those responsible for transporting people – be it taxi drivers, care service transporters, or simply family members on the school run – such conditions can pose significant challenges.

Vehicle Maintenance is Paramount

Ensuring your vehicle is in top condition is the first step in guaranteeing a safe journey:

Tyre Check: Tyres should have adequate tread depth to prevent aquaplaning on wet roads. The UK legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres

Remember to check all tyres regularly, including the spare.

Brakes: Wet or icy conditions can impact stopping distances. Ensuring your brakes are responsive and in good working order is crucial.

Lights: With shorter days and reduced visibility, check that all vehicle lights – front, rear, indicators, and fog – are functional and clear.

Windscreen and Wipers: A clear view is vital. Ensure your windscreen is free of cracks, and wipers are effective in clearing rain.

Driver Training and Preparedness

No matter how well-maintained a vehicle is, the person behind the wheel plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe transportation:

Stay Updated with Weather Forecasts: Before setting out, especially on longer trips, check the weather forecast3. This helps you anticipate and prepare for any adverse weather conditions.

Defensive Driving: Adopt defensive driving techniques, especially in wet conditions. This includes maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front, reducing speed, and using signals well in advance.

Consider Professional Training: Numerous driving schools in the UK offer specialised training for driving in adverse weather conditions. For those regularly responsible for transporting others, such courses can be invaluable

Stay Safe, Stay Prepared

Autumn, with its ever-changing weather patterns, reminds us of the importance of vigilance and preparedness when on the roads. By ensuring our vehicles are in top condition and enhancing our driving skills, we can ensure that every journey, no matter how short or long, is a safe one.

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