The British weather is famed for being unpredictable. It doesn’t tend to be as severe as warmer or colder climes, but drivers still need to be prepared for all possible conditions.

While keeping an eye on weather forecasts and alerts can be useful, a positive outlook doesn’t guarantee roads will be in good condition or that there won’t be traffic jams (see our page on route planning for guidance about avoiding these). Only vital journeys should go ahead when risky driving conditions are predicted or evident.

If a journey must be taken when conditions are hazardous, only experienced drivers, who have appropriate knowledge and training, in vehicles that won’t be especially vulnerable to the potential hazards (high-sided vehicles can be knocked over by strong winds) should be sent out, equipped with appropriate tools and supplies for an emergency.

Key actions to take in poor driving conditions

Relevant suppliers

We have a wide range of preferred suppliers who can help with a variety risk management issues, with special offers for Allianz Commercial policyholders. The following might be useful for fleet operators:

Fleet risk solutions

Driver training by DriveTech

Real-time driver coaching

Improve efficiency with Lightfoot

Vehicle incident analysis

Fleet telematics by Ingenium Dynamics

Vehicle CCTV and tracking

Solutions by VUE

Additional resources

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to some common queries about managing risks to people, property and business continuity.