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Driving in Stormy Conditions

It's important to always heed a government warning when they say to not take unnecessary journeys but even when it's just a yellow alert you should be extra vigilant driving in wet & windy conditions, here are some tips to keep in mind... * If you have to travel in bad conditions, try to take a route that isn't fringed with tall or old trees. Plan your journey in advance. * Drive slowly and carefully, stay alert and watch out for other road users. High gusts could potentially knock pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes into your path. * Drive well behind any vehicles ahead. It takes noticeably longer to brake safely on a wet, leaf-strewn road. * Keep a safety kit in your boot including a torch, warning triangle, a blanket, some snacks and soft drinks in case you get blocked off by a fallen tree, make sure your mobile phone is fully charged in case of emergency. Even if you don't need them you may be in a position to help another person out that gets in trouble * Make sure your lights and tyres are up to scratch and you have plenty of fuel in the tank * If you come across spot flooding be extremely careful. If you feel you have no alternative, stop the car and get out to physically check the depth of flooding - a stick or small branch will give you an indication. If there is anything of a current where a river has burst its banks do not under any circumstances proceed. You could be swept away. If the water is of a safe, consistently shallow depth, drive slowly and steadily through it. Do not try to speed across.

If you want to make sure your car is winter ready, drop into Nolan Motors and one of our experts will make sure your vehicle is good to go!

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