Driving Conditions

Driving conditions can have a major effect on the way that we drive particularly during more extreme conditions. Sixt has provided some tips below on how to cope in different driving conditions so that all of our customers are aware of what to expect.


Winter driving

    • Driving in the winter can be the hardest of all conditions to deal with. You will need to take extra care in these conditions especially if there is ice and snow on the roads. It’s a good idea to check that your car is in good working order before the winter season starts.
    • Make sure you use anti-freeze in the winter to stop your engine from freezing.
    • Batteries get over worked in the winter because of drivers having to frequently use wipers, lights and heaters so make sure it’s in good working order.
    • Check that your windscreen and lights are clean before driving as poor visibility can cause problems when driving in the winter.
    • Consider using winter or all season tyres as these will give your car a better grip in icy conditions.
    • When driving in snow and ice, make sure you use gentle manoeuvres and drive as slowly and carefully as possible as stopping distances are 10 times longer.


    Autumn driving

    • Driving in the autumn can be the start of cooler temperatures and low sun affecting your vision.
    • Make sure that your windscreens and lights are clean to improve your vision.
    • Check that your wind screen wipers are in full working order and use and top up your car with windscreen washer fluid regularly.
    • A good grip is essential so make sure your tyres have at least 2mm of tread as it could be needed in colder temperatures.
    • Anti-freeze is also important to use not just in the winter as this can prevent corrosion.


    Spring Driving

    • Spring is a good time to clean your car thoroughly if you have not done so for a while as the winter period can really leave its mark.
    • Be sure to clean your car inside and out as the underneath of the car is often the dirtiest part and if it is left covered in dirt and mud it can cause corrosion.
    • Remove all dirt from the paint work using warm water and shampoo.
    • As always check your tyres to make sure they are above the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm. 

    Summer driving

    • In the summer, high temperatures can cause your car to overheat.
    • Make sure your cooling fan is working properly and check your coolant reservoir regularly.
    • Sun glare can cause accidents so have a good pair of sunglasses with you at all times when driving.
    • If you are driving on the motorway it might be better to use air conditioning rather than opening your windows as this can cause extra drag.


    Flood and heavy rain

    • If you come across flood water seek an alternative route and don’t drive through it
    • If you can’t see more than 100 meters in front of you make sure that you use your headlights.
    • You can also use your fog lights when your visibility is really bad but turn them off again once it improves.
    • Get your windscreen wipers changed if they are old and worn out.
    • Double the distance between the car in front and your car as stopping times increase in wet weather.


    Driving in Fog

    • When driving in fog your visibility can be reduced dramatically so make sure you use your headlights and fog lights if necessary.
    • Drive with extra care, leave plenty of room between your car and the one in front of you and only drive at a speed that is safe.
    • Use dipped headlights with wipers and demisters.


    Driving in strong winds

    • Driving in strong winds can cause your car to move and stray off course so make sure that you are driving slowly and carefully.
    • Be aware of other cars around you as these could get blown into your path.
    • Make sure you leave plenty of distance between your car and those around you.
    • Watch out for fallen trees or debris on the road as these could cause you to have an accident especially if you are driving round a corner or a bend.