The stopping distance in wet weather can be double the distance required in dry weather.
Wet roads reduce tyre grip and can make the surface even more slippery. Give yourself plenty of time and room for slowing down and stopping. Keep well back from other vehicles. Advisory signs are set by the police and should be adhered to when they are shown.
Take particular care when overtaking. Water can form a layer between the road and the tyre resulting in a loss of contact with the road. This is known as aquaplaning.
Try to avoid routes where you would have to negotiate high and exposed places when it is very windy. You may need to alter your route or rest stops.
The type of vehicle you are driving will need to be taken into consideration. empty double deck trailers will be more susceptible to windy conditions that low loaders carrying heavy machinery.
Cyclists and motorcyclists may become unbalanced by your vehicle passing too close. Plan ahead and give them plenty of room. Remember that your large vehicle can cause a vacuum which will suck the rider towards it.
The noise and close proximity of your vehicle can also startle them, which could cause them to swerve suddenly.
If your vehicle becomes stuck in deep snow, engage the diff-lock to regain forward traction. if a diff-lock is not fitted to your vehicle use the highest gear to improve traction.
Road markings and traffic signs can be obscured by snow. Take extra care at junctions
Falling snow can reduce visibility dramatically, always use dipped headlights and reduce your speed to account for the weather conditions
Allow ten times the normal stopping distances on icy roads
In cold weather drain your air tanks on a regular basis
When driving in fog you MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet).
You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves.
Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front. Rear lights can give a false sense of security
Be able to pull up well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster
Use your windscreen wipers and demisters
Check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down
Stop in the correct position at a junction with limited visibility and listen for traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so positively and do not hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching vehicles.
You should take all possible precautions to prevent any mud being deposited on the road as this is a hazard to other road users. It is also an offence for which you could be prosecuted.
Prior to leaving the building site check for debris that may have been lodged in between your tyres which can be a major cause of punctures.
If you get stuck in mud engage the diff lock to help get the vehicle moving but remember to turn it off.