Driving in bad weather condition

August 16th, 2011 by Leave a reply »

Bad weather can strike anytime in anywhere. The truth is, even if you drive a well-maintained vehicle with advanced safety features, Mother Nature can still have the upper hand when you’re out on the road. Becoming a better driver doesn’t happen overnight. Getting out and doing it helps, but at times extra is considered necessary. Learning few self-protective driving just may save a person’s life as a driver gets behind the steering wheel. Anti-lock brakes, all-wheel-drive, and electronic stability aids certainly help maintain control under adverse conditions; they are not nearly as important as your good judgment. To help make sure you are at your best in all conditions, we assembled this guide to driving in bad weather, be rain, fog, high winds or extreme heat. Here are some tips if you’re driving in a bad weather:

Rain:

  • Improve visibility; turn on your lights and defroster. Requires your headlights to be on when your wipers are on.
  • Avoid sudden moves, try to drive in the tracks of the car ahead, reduce your speed, and allow for additional stopping distance.
  • Hydroplaning occurs when the tires of your car lose contact with the road and ride up on a wedge of water. Make sure your tires have proper treads and are properly inflated. If you do hydroplane, keep the steering wheel straight; take your foot off the gas. Don’t hit your brakes or try to steer. As you slow, the weight of the car will cause it to settle down onto the road again.
  • Be very cautious in light rain or mist. Oil and dirt on the roadway surface make driving extra slippery.
  • Remember, puddles can hide potentially damaging potholes.

Floods:

  • Do not attempt to drive through flood waters. The water may be deeper than it looks. Two (2) feet of water will carry away most automobiles.
  • If you happen to drive into an area where water is running swiftly, the force of the current may pull your car to one side. If this happens ease off the gas pedal, but don’t touch the brakes. Then steer away from the swift water.
  • If your car is caught in a flash flood, get out of your car immediately and move to higher ground.

Fog:

  • If you see a patch of fog ahead, slow down before you reach it.
  • Turn on your low beam headlights or fog lights.
  • Turn on your defroster and windshield wipers.
  • Be alert for slow moving vehicles and traffic stopped ahead.
  • In heavy fog, roll all your windows down. You may actually hear other cars before you see them.

Thunderstorm:

  • It is safest to stay in your car when lightning is present. If you have to park, do so in an open area away from trees.
  • Watch for flooded roadways.
  • If you are driving after a thunderstorm, be vigilant for downed branches and power lines or other debris lying in the road.
  • Hail associated with thunderstorms can hamper visibility and may shatter windshields.
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