Scotland’s ever-changing weather can challenge driving safely for even the most experienced drivers. But with the right knowledge and precautions, you can enjoy your journeys throughout Scotland and the Highlands safely, whether your a local or a visitor. From rain to fog, snow to wind, we’ll cover it all so whether your a new driver or an old hand, you’ll have the tools to tackle wet roads and bad weather!
Understanding Scotland’s Weather
The Four Seasons in a Day
One moment, it’s sunny; the next, it’s pouring rain. Scotland’s weather can be perplexing, often experiencing all four seasons in a single day, or even in a space of a few hours!
Rain, Rain, and More Rain
Here in Scotland we are renowned for rain. Expect regular showers throughout the year, with some areas receiving more than others and the Highlands being the wettest area in the country! Be prepared for wet roads and reduced visibility in Inverness and beyond.
Preparation Before Your Journey
Check the Weather Forecast
Before hitting the road, check the weather forecast. Knowing what’s ahead can help you plan your route and prepare for any weather-related challenges to help driving safely on your journey.
Ensure your vehicle is in top condition. Check tires, brakes, and lights regularly. A well-maintained car is essential for safe driving in the Highlands.
Driving in Rain
Aquaplaning: The Hidden Danger
Learn how to avoid aquaplaning, a common hazard on wet roads. Proper tire maintenance and reduced speed are key.
Use of Headlights
Know when and how to use headlights in rainy conditions. Visibility is crucial, both for you and other drivers.
Dealing with Fog and Driving Safely
Fog can dramatically reduce visibility. Learn how to navigate foggy conditions safely and when to use fog lights.
Fog Lights and Speed
Understand the importance of fog lights and how to adjust your speed for driving safely in fog.
Snow and Ice – Driving Safely
Winter Tires: A Must-Have for Driving Safely
When winter arrives, winter tires become essential. Discover why they’re crucial for traction on icy roads.
Slippery Roads and Safe Speeds
Learn the art of driving on slippery surfaces. Adjust your speed and braking to prevent accidents.
Gusts and Control
High winds can make driving challenging. Understand how to maintain control of your vehicle in gusty conditions.
High-Sided Vehicles and Driving Safely
Be cautious when passing high-sided vehicles like trucks and buses on windy days. Wind can affect their stability.
Low Sun and Glare – Driving Safely
Sunglasses and Sun Visors
Low sun can cause glare, making it hard to see. Use sunglasses and sun visors to protect your eyes for driving safely.
Adjust Your Speed
In blinding sunlight, reduce your speed and maintain a safe following distance to react to unexpected situations.
Sharing the Road with Wildlife
Wildlife Crossings and Driving Safely
Scottish roads often pass through natural habitats. Be vigilant for wildlife, especially during dawn and dusk when Highland animals are still active but visibility is low.
Stay Alert at Dusk and Dawn
Animals are more active during these times. Drive cautiously to avoid collisions.
Plan Your Routes Carefully
Alternate Routes and Road Closures
Be prepared for road closures and detours. Research alternate routes before your journey.
Google Maps and GPS Accuracy
While GPS is helpful, its accuracy can vary. Always cross-reference with local maps and signs.
Breaking Down in Bad Weather
Know what to do if your vehicle breaks down during severe weather. Stay safe while waiting for help.
Emergency Kit Essentials
Pack an emergency kit with essentials like blankets, food, and water in case you get stranded.
Stay Informed During Your Trip
Radio Updates and Traffic Alerts
Listen to local radio stations for weather updates and traffic alerts. Stay informed while on the road.
Emergency Services Contacts
Keep emergency service contacts handy. In case of accidents or breakdowns, quick assistance is vital.
Inverness Taxis and SafeKab
Why not leave the driving to our professional drivers and order yourself a local driver to get you to your destination!
Book Your Inverness Taxi Now
Take the stress out of getting to your destination no matter the weather and prebook your Inverness Taxi through our convenient platforms:
Call Inverness Taxis on 01463222222
Download our partner app SafeKab to book your Inverness taxi at the touch of a button.
Drop into our city centre Inverness Taxi office on Church Street