Whether your fleet operates on difficult terrain like snowy and mountainous roads every day or occasionally, following some safety precautions will keep you and your crew safe. With the right preparation and vehicle, you will be able to take whatever the road throws at you.
The first thing to know when it comes to driving in the rain is that stopping distances are doubled on wet roads: however good your tyres are, they have less grip.
The key rules of wet driving
Also note that spray from other vehicles makes it difficult to see and be seen. The Highway Code makes the following recommendations:
- Keep well back from the vehicle in front of you;
- in the event of unresponsive steering because water is impeding the tyres’ grip (also known as aquaplaning), ease off the accelerator gently and reduce speed gradually;
- be aware of the dangers of spillage, especially diesel, oil and mud, which make wet roads extremely slippery;
- take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes and horses.
The Code also states that when wet conditions cause reduced visibility, you must use headlights.
Choose your business van with driving safety in mind
If you’re still choosing which van is right for you, you’ll be interested to see Renault’s safety features, some of which are automated. The Renault Trafic, for instance, comes with Electronic Stability Control to reduce the danger of skidding; when needed on rainy roads, a standard feature on the Trafic Sport automatically lights up the headlamps and starts the wipers, with their speed adjusting to the rainfall intensity. The Renault Trafic has even more. Because if there’s one thing that matters even more than your business success, it’s your safety.