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Speed control

Extended separation distances between yourself and the car in front are crucial in poor conditions where the road is slippery and tailgating irresponsible. It’s not just grip on the road that can alter things, but visibility can be hugely affected when driving in fog or heavy rain. You see obstacles much later and this impacts on your ability to assess how to respond. Always match your speed to visibility: the less you see, the slower you need to drive. A reasonable rule to apply with good dry road conditions is a gap of one metre per mph of your speed. Remember, if you reduce your speed by just one mph, your chances of being involved in an incident falls by five per cent.