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Be safe on the roads this Autumn

23/09/2019

Be safe on the roads this Autumn

Did you know that the number of accidents on Britain’s roads leaps by an average of 15% as we head into the Autumn months? This is according to figures from the Department of Transport. 

Roads tend to be more slippery because of increased rainfall and falling leaves during this season. The low level of the sun can also be a problem for motorists as dusk creeps in. 

Many of us won't be used to driving in the dark - suddenly it's dark for your commute home (and maybe to work.)

Here are some of our tips for staying safe on the roads in your new lease car.

Being able to see clearly is vital for road safety. The low autumn sun can often make visibility bad, so ensure your windscreen is clean and free from scratches and chips. Seconds of sun-blindness can cause an accident.

Check your windscreen wiper blades. They don't last forever (a check every couple of years is recommended) and always having your windscreen washer fluid topped up. Use an antifreeze in the winter months. 

Remember your lights!! Get into the habit of switching lights on even if it's getting light or not quite dark yet. Many new cars that we have available for lease have auto light functions which are a handy extra to request.   Don't use fog lights unless weather conditions demand them - they can dazzle oncoming motorists.

Think about your stopping distance. It takes a lot longer to stop on a wet road, so you should always drive more slowly and leave larger gaps between you and the car in front in rainy and foggy conditions.

Check your tyres to ensure they are safe. Bald or defective tyres are illegal – being caught driving with them could result in a large fine, not to mention penalty points on your licence – and they’re also extremely dangerous, especially on slippery roads. 

The law requires you to have a tyre tread depth of at least 1.6mm, but for safe driving a depth of at least 3mm is better still.

Also regularly check your tyre pressure to ensure they are not under or overinflated – both to improve their grip on the road and to slash the amount you shell out on fuel. Many new cars, including lots of those we have available to lease, will have inbuilt warning systems if youre pressure dips. But don't rely on this, check them regularly at your local garage. 

Safe driving!