Adverse weather conditions can affect lorry driving in many ways and can sometimes be very dangerous. It is always important to be aware of the road conditions before embarking on any journey to avoid running into any unexpected situations. There are also lots of checks that should be done on your vehicle to prepare for the winter, which you can find in one of our previous blogs here. In this blog we will be discussing some of the effects that different weather conditions can have on the performance and safety of your vehicle.
Heavy rain is very much commonplace in the UK so it is always important to take into consider the impact that it can have on the roads and your journey respectively. Heavy rain has a tendency to decrease visibility as well as cause flooding and an increase the risk of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is where a layer of water builds up between the wheels of your vehicle and the road surface, resulting in a loss of traction leading to less control which can be incredibly dangerous.
It is almost a given that snow and ice would cause issues for road users, but people sometimes forget the severity of accidents that can be caused by not taking the correct precautions. Since HGVs have a much longer stopping distance than regular vehicles such as cars and motorcycles, even the smallest slide could cause a driver to lose control if they aren’t paying attention to the driving conditions.
Thick fog can significantly affect your vision of the road ahead, reducing the time you have to react to potential hazards on the road. This can especially detrimental for HGV drivers because, as previously mentioned, the stopping distance for lorries is much longer than it is for regular sized vehicles. Driving without due care and attention in fog could put you at risk of having a serious accident.